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Tlingit Art at the Portland Art Museum Recordings Collection

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Tlingit Art at the Portland Art Museum Recordings Collection, 1989 | Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

By Alyssa Peterson, UAS Intern

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Title: Tlingit Art at the Portland Art Museum Recordings Collection, 1989Add to your cart.

ID: MC/029

Primary Creator: Portland Art Museum

Other Creators: Sealaska Heritage Institute, Tlingit Indians.

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 00/00/1990

Subjects: Tlingit art.

Languages: English, Tlingit

Scope and Contents of the Materials

In May 1989 prominent Tlingit elders, such as Austin Hammond, Jimmie George, Amy Marvin, Katherine Mills, and David Katzeek were invited to the Portland Art Museum to view and discuss the Tlingit art objects from the museum’s Axel Rasmussen Collection. The Axel Rasmussen Collection was obtained by the Portland Art Museum in 1948 and consists of Northwest Coast art items, many of Tlingit origin. The purpose of this gathering, or conference, was to gain a better understanding of the objects, both culturally and historically.

This collection is comprised of six VHS moving image recordings and seventeen audio recordings capturing the invited Tlingit elders reviewing the Tlingit from the Portland Art Museum’s the Axel Rasmussen Collection. The director of the Portland Art Museum, Dan Monroe, invited Austin Hammond (Daanawáak from the Raven / Luknaax.ádi clan), Jimmie George (Wóochx Kaduhaa from the Raven / Dakl’aweidí clan), Amy Marvin (Kooteen, from the Eagle / Chookaneidí clan), Katherine Mills (Yakwxwaan Tlaa from the Raven / T’akdeintaan clan), and David Katzeek (from the Eagle / Shangukeidí clan) to view and talk about certain items from the Axel Rasmussen Collection.

These recordings capture Tlingit speeches expressing their gratitude for being able to share their knowledge and stories, followed by a review of the art items. The conversations on these recordings are in the Tlingit with English languages.

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Tlingit art.

Administrative Information

Repository: Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

Use Restrictions: Intellectual Properties Note: Since SHI adheres to the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials, and since we desire to honor Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian traditional cultural belief that clans retain the intellectual property rights to clan stories or songs, patrons who use or study clan songs or stories are asked to credit clan ownership to stories and songs.

Acquisition Source: Portland Art Museum

Acquisition Method: The material in the collection was generated by the Portland Art Museum, which provided SHI with gratis copies in 1990 for SHI’s participation in the art review.


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Item 1: Recording of the Opening Ceremony at the Portland Art Museum for welcoming the visiting Tlingit elders. Many speeches are given, with the guests expressing their gratitude and anticipation to see the art objects. Guests: Katherine Mills, Amy Marvin, David Katzeek, Austin Hammond, and Jimmie George. Audio recording on CD. Recorded May 14, 1989 at Portland Art Museum. Length 79 minutes, 58 seconds. [4 copies; 2 CDs, 1 mini-disc, 1 cassette tape]Add to your cart.
Item 2: Tlingit elders speaking at the Portland Art Museum. Various topics discussed include: Tlingit history and stories, peace ceremonies, and clan crests. Speakers: Katherine Mills, Amy Marvin, David Katzeek, Austin Hammond, and Jimmie George. Audio recording on CD. Recorded May 15, 1989 at Portland Art Museum. Length 39 minutes, 47 seconds. [3 copies; 1 CD, 1 mini-disc, 1 cassette tape]Add to your cart.
Item 3: Tlingit elders speaking at the Portland Art Museum. Brief interview of an elder about some of the artifacts in the museum, with some discussion of related art techniques. A Kwakiutl Cannibal Woman piece is mentioned, which might be a mask. Speeches are given about appreciation and Tlingit history. Some speeches are in Tlingit, with English translations. Speakers: Katherine Mills, Amy Marvin, David Katzeek, Austin Hammond, and Jimmie George. Audio recording on CD. Recorded May 15, 1989 at Portland Art Museum. Length 44 minutes, 56 seconds. [3 copies; 1 CD, 1 mini-disc, 1 cassette tape]Add to your cart.
Item 4: Audiovisual recordings of the review of art at the Portland Art Museum, six VHS recordings. Recordings numbered 1-6.Add to your cart.
Item 5: Fourteen CDs with audio recordings of the Tlingit review of art at the Portland Art Museum, 5/15-17/1989. Transferred from the Dauenhauer Tlingit Oral Literature Recordings Collection.Add to your cart.


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