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Chilkat Dancers Celebrate Traditional Tlingit Craft

 

July 20, 2017

The Chilkat Dancers perform at the Haines Sheldon Museum Sunday to celebrate the donation of 11 spruce-root baskets that were returned to the Chilkat Valley. The Haines Sheldon Museum celebrated the donation of baskets once owned by Mildred Sparks, a Tlingit elder who taught weaving here in the 1960s. The donation was made by David Fraser, an avid basket collector well-known for determining the cause of Legionarre's disease that killed 29 people in Philadelphia, PA in 1976. Sunday's event included a potluck and presentation by Fraser on baskets and textiles.



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