University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: John Cloud

The Tlingit Map of 1869

A Masterwork of Indigenous Cartography

By: John Cloud

In July 1869, George Davidson of the US Coast Survey and a small party of men climbed into several large cedar boats on the shore of Sitka, Alaska. The fleet was commanded by the celebrated Tlingit clan leader Kohklux; they were bound for his village of Klukwan, the capitalĀ of the Tlingit Indians of the Chilkat […]