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19th c Native American Chilkat-Tlingit Textiles

CHILKAT-TLINGIT Anonymous (active c. 18th c ? - present) Primary
Before 1900
19th c
Alaska. United States.
Portland. Art Museum.
The Northwest Pacific Coast Indians were extremely status-conscious, and the various clan insignia and crests were applied to all sorts of objects. Blankets like this, called chillkat blankets, were prestigious items at the potlatches and were often given away as part of the ceremony. Created by female weavers, using patterns created by male artists, the blankets demonstrate many of the features of Northwest Pacific Coast art. They contain the clan insignia which are based upon abstracted animal forms.

Caption: CHILKAT-TLINGIT | Blanket. | Before 1900 | Native American | Chilkat-Tlingit

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