A huge seal lion killed a hunter of the village.
The uncles, seeking revenge, met to organize a plan. All the
nephews went into training to avenge the dead hunter. In the
winter the young men would bathe in salt water and be whipped
with branches to keep the blood circulating.
One nephew who did not train with the others and was thought
to be lazy, liked to sleep close to the fire. His skin became
dark and he was
named Duk tÌ ootlÌ. He trained secretly at night
and when the day of the
contest came he was ready. The young boys would attempt to kill
the sea-lion bare handed.
Duk tÌ ootlÌ had to beg to go because every one
made fun of him. After all of the young men had failed to kill
the large sea lion, Duk tÌ ootlÌ grabbed the sea
lion and ripped it in half on the reef.
Creation of Killer
Naatsilane`i was a great hunter and respected in his village.
liked to hunt and fish with his three brothers-in-law.
The three brothers we jealous of Natsilane`i and left him on
a reef at low
tide to drown when the tide covered the reef.
The youngest brother didn't want to leave him, but he couldn't
help. A loon appeared and took Naatsilane`i to a secret world
inside the reef.
Here were people like him who put him in a bubble and he drifted
Naatsilane`is wife was contacted and was told to bring his
tools to him
He carved a mean looking monster called Kee`t.
The first one did not swim- but after carving the second one
of yellow cedar it began to swim.
I have created you to avenge wrong doing. Three men will be
in a canoe.
Dispose of the two bad ones but don't harm the youngest.
The killer whale eliminated the two brothers and swam to youngest
back to shore.
Naatsilane`i then ordered the killer whale never to harm man
again and let
before being cut into three segments, this Tlingit pole stood
in front of the flying raven house in Wrangle, Alaska. A carving
of Beaver once crowned the pole before the top segment succumbed
to rot. The remaining sections tell three stories.
Heroism is celebrated in the story of Devilfish. A man and his
brother sacrifice their lives to save the village in a vicious
battle with a
the action-packed Strongman legend teaches discipline, endurance
and forgiveness. The protagonist Blackskin, named for his sooty
covering, gotten from sleeping too close to the fire, is ridiculed
for his dark color and accused of laziness. He trains secretly
at night, slowly building up his strength. When his uncle is
killed in a sea-lion hunt, Blackskin demonstrated his courage
by tearing the murderous sea-lion in half, those who were cruel
to Blackskin are now fearful of his strength. He does not take
revenge of his tormentors, but instead he forgives them.
legendary figure Kayak is assisted by a wise old woman who gives
him a magical canoe. In this craft, Kayak is the victor in battle
with a menacing sea monster.
Centennial Hall Poles:
Originally carved 1980-1981
By master carver Nathan Jackson
Funding provided by:
Tlingit and Haida
Indian Tribes of Alaska
World Explorers Inc.
City and Borough of Juneau
Were made from salmon eggs, hematite, and other minerals.
Black is the primary color.
Red is for secondary elements
Blue-Green is for tertiary highlighting.