University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameTaumi
Object Number:NA9476
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Tahitian
Provenience: Alaska
Angoon
Society Islands
Culture Area: Northwest Coast
Society Islands
Locus: Deisheetaan Clan
Butt-end House
Date Made: late 18th century
Early Date: 1775
Late Date: 1799
Section:American
Materials:Coconut Fiber
Feather
Bark
Dog Hair
Shark Teeth
Cotton (uncertain)
Twigs
Other Number:29-58-11 - Other Number

Description

"Raven Cape." At a gathering of war canoes in Tahiti in 1774 Captain James Cook observed that some of the warriors wore handsome breastplates (ta'umi) covered with feathers and sharks' teeth. Subsequently, many such breastplates were ceremoniously presented to European explorers and traded to sailors. This particular ta'umi found its way to Alaska, where the Tlingit named it the Raven Cape and adopted it as a ceremonial object. In 1923 Louis Shotridge acquired it for the Penn Museum.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010) View Objects in Exhibition
Raven's Journey: The World of Alaska's Native People ( Nov 1986 - Feb 2010) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Hall, H. U. 1930. "A Souvenir of the Great Explorers". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Vol. 1. no. 1. pg. 182-199 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 184View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 65, fig. 7View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Barsness, Kristin J., and Kaplan, Susan A. 1986. Raven's Journey.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 79, fig. 43View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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