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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Sealaska Heritage publishes start of comprehensive research on Tlingit clan crests

Volume will be revised as more clans are added


Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

The frog is the crest for the Kiks.adí clan in Wrangell. It's displayed on one of the poles in Totem Park, just off Front Street downtown. A new book from the Sealaska Heritage Institute has begun the work of documenting the crests of the Tlingit clans in Southeast.

Whether it's the Naanyaa.aayí, Kaach.ádi, Taalkweidí or one of the six other Tlingit clans represented in Wrangell, each has a story of its origins, handed down over thousands of years. One organization is working to preserve those stories, as well as stories of all Southeast Alaska clans, as accurately as possible.

About two years ago, the Sealaska Heritage Institute began researching and compiling information on an initial six Tlingit clan crests and how they came to be. The work was published last month in the book "The Crests of Tlingit Clans."

It is the first-ever registry of Tlingit clan...

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