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Killer Whale Tsaagweidi Painting

killer whale

Killer Whale painting I did 10 years ago which the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage purchased for their collection.

Earlier this year, I began painting a little larger scale. I find myself putting in just as much detail as my smaller paintings though, as you can see in my latest, "Killer Whale / Tsaagweidi.

I'll just reiterate the description I have in the online store:

This painting has a lot of activity!  It represents a killer whale with a seal in the body; a theme in the Tsaagweidi clan crest. Tsaagweidi is the clan I belong to. The design shows a killer whale breaching, with water spouts represented by humanoid figures, and a face in the blowhole spouting.

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Topsy (Charles Johnson) Poem: Reconstruction

Topsy Saginaw Bay Tsaagweidi Tlingit

Last time I was in Kake, I read some poems at a community talent show, and I had told my sisters I would read my "Topsy poem" but once I was limited on time so I read shorter works.

So here is the poem I didn't get to read:


(For Uncle Topsy, Shaayaxdu.eesh - Tsaagweidi)

I thought my life was in layers

like a complex Chilkat Blanket's warps and wefts;

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