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Staff

Object Number:NA10514
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: United States of America
Alaska
Sitka (uncertain)
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Locus: Sitka Whale Collection
Section:American
Materials:Wood
Metal
Length: 141 cm
Width: 5.7 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1925
Other Number:94 - Other Number

Description

Staff called "Shanisda's Staff (or Canisda's Staff)," which was said to have been won in battle against a Russian chief, Canisda. The staff was originally a spear whose blade was cut off after the war with the Russians (LS). The long, rounded shaft has raised ribbing at regular intervals and a larger raised section around the middle which serves as a handle. A conical covering of iron is attached to the top point of the staff above a second raised section in the wood. The entire surface of the staff is polished.

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