Monday, October 03, 2005

Posts Returned to Pacific Northwestern Native American Group

Four years ago, the Burke Museum in Seattle, Washington returned two grizzly bear house posts to the Tlingit Pacific Northwestern Native American group in Alaska. These posts were stolen back in 1899 by the Harriman Expedition, sponsored by railroad tycoon E.H. Harriman and ended up at the Burke Museum. Other Pacific Northwestern Native American precious artwork including grave markers and totem poles, wound up at institutions such as Chicago's Field Museum, Harvard University's Peabody Museum, the Smithsonian and Cornell University. They have all since been returned to the Tinglit. To thank the Burke Museum, Pacific Northwestern Native American Tlingit carvers Nathan and Stephen Jackson carved two new posts for the Burke. The two new posts are 11 feet tall, nearly 3 feet wide and weigh hundreds of pounds.

To see some beautiful artwork from the Northwestern region, see Pacific Northwestern Native American Art.

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