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Object Number:NA8488A
Current Location: Native American Voices
Currently On Display
Provenience: United States of America
Sitka (uncertain)
Klukwan (uncertain)
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Locus: Klukwan Dagisdinaa Clan
Thunder House
Abalone Shell
Length: 39.37 cm
Width: 5.08 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1918


Dagger called the "Ghost of the Courageous Adventurer" made by Kaa.ushti, one of Louis Shotridge's ancestors. The blade is made from iron with a medial ridge on one side. The hilt is an extension of the blade and wrapped with a mesh of mountain goat hair dyed red and green. The pommel is made of walrus ivory shaped as a human skull to represent the ancestors who made the journey from Klukwan to the Copper River and back again. The teeth, nose, and sides of the skull are inlaid with blue abalone shell. (Lucy Fowler Williams, Expedition Magazine, 2012, v. 54, no. 2, p. 15)

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Philagrafika 2010: What in the World (28 Jan 2010 - 11 Apr 2010) View Objects in Exhibition
Raven's Journey: The World of Alaska's Native People ( Nov 1986 - Feb 2010) View Objects in Exhibition
Native American Voices: The People - Here and Now (01 Mar 2014) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Barsness, Kristin J., and Kaplan, Susan A. 1986. Raven's Journey.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 167, fig. 171View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Preucel, Robert W., and Wierzbowski, William S., and Williams, Lucy F. 2005. Native American Voices on Identity, Art and Culture: Objects of Everlasting Esteem.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pages 138-139/Plate 53View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Maurer, Evan M. 1977. The Native American Heritage: A Survey of North American Indian Art.. Chicago, IL. The Art Institute of Chicago. pg. 351 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 302/Fig 470View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Wyatt, Victoria. 1984. Shapes of Their Thoughts: Reflections of Culture Contact in Northwest Coast Indian Art.. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma. pg. 80 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 35, fig. 24View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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