Native American Artifact to be Returned to Tribe

A Native American artifact is set to be returned to a tribe in Alaska from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

A wooden hat carved in the shape of an eagle is set to be returned to Huna Tlingit Tribe, Gooch Hit/Wolf House, Kaagwaantaan Clan of Hoonah, Alaska by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

According to Examiner.com, "A full description of the hat states that it is carved in the shape of an eagle and painted in bright red, white, black, yellow, orange and light blue. The head and tail of the eagle are painted white and the body is brown. Sections of the hat are inlaid with abalone shells. Rawhide stripes are used as head ties. One of the wings of the eagle hat was broken at some point in its history and was repaired. The hat measures 18 inches long, 14 inches wide and nine inches high."

The story called the item's history of ownership "checkered," and notes that any tribe that believes it has a cultural tie to the artifact can contact the museum by October 19 by calling 303-370-6000 or visit Dmns.org.

Read the full story about the artifacts return at Examiner.com.

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