The Whale House
Catalogue Number: TIP000
Producer: Distribution Breakthrough
Subject: Arts, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2018
Running Time: 88
Closed Captions: Yes
Carved by Tlingit genius artist Kadjisdu.axtc in the late 1700s, the Whale House is considered by many the “Sistine Chapel” of North America Native Art. The Alaskan town of Klukwan was the epicenter of the Tlingit civilization. For centuries southern museums and art dealers coveted the Whale House treasures. They were eventually stolen and taken to Seattle. After years of struggle, the community won a landmark victory of Tribal Law. They regained control of their art and returned the historic treasures to Klukwan. A condition of the return of the art was for the community to provide an appropriate home. After years of effort, the Whale House is now open to the public.
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