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James, Frank E. (1893/94-1959) | Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

Name: James, Frank E. (1893/94-1959)


Historical Note: Frank E. James (1893/94-1959) was born on September 15, 1893/94 on Douglas Island, Alaska. James was a Tlingit Indian of Southeast Alaska, most likely of Angoon and of the Raven Moiety, perhaps L’eeneidí Clan. In writing James spelled his Tlingit name as “La-hoo-woo.” Sources indicate his mother’s name was Mary James. James obtained an education to the 4th grade and later worked as a fisherman and artist in the Juneau-Douglas area. He was known as a skilled silver and goldsmith jeweler as well as carver. In 1914 he married Annie Dalton of Hoonah, a Tlingit of the Eagle Moiety, Kaagwaantaan Clan, and T’akdeintaan yádi. After an accident with an automobile, James passed away in 1959.





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