Portland museum returns Tlingit artifacts to Wrangell clan
June 15, 2022
Culturally significant objects formerly in collections of the Portland Art Museum arrived in Juneau on June 8 on their way back to Wrangell, whose Tlingit artisans had fashioned them.
After years of negotiations following a claim originally filed in 2002 and accepted by the museum in 2019, the objects, including a Killerwhale Hat, have been repatriated to the Naanya.aayí clan in Wrangell, where they had originated.
COVID-19 complications delayed the transfer until now, according to a museum statement released June 10.
"We are so grateful for all of the work that was done to return the Naan...