By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Clan objects return to Wrangell after nearly a century away


September 6, 2023

Caroleine James / Wrangell Sentinel

Luella Aanshaawasnook Knapp, left, and Levi Rinehart, right, were part of the procession onto Shakes Island on Friday, Sept. 1, as several cultural objects were returned to the Naanya.aayí clan.

Members of the Tlingit community gathered outside the Wrangell airport last Friday while chests carrying four objects -a mudshark hat, a mudshark tunic, a blanket and a blanket with a killer whale stranded on a rock while hunting - were carefully lowered back into their hands after 91 years of separation.

The objects, which belong to the Naanya.aayí clan, were taken by Wrangell police from the home of Mary Kunk, Eva Blake and Betty Carlstrom in the 1930s. In an effort to right past wrongs, police escorted the objects from the airport back to the Blake home near the present-day community gym on...

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