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Native Alaskans to donate canoe to Smithsonian

Washington, D.C. (AP)

A Native Alaskan group conducted a ceremonial launching of a hand-carved canoe on the Potomac River in Washington as it donates the piece to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

The 26-foot Tlingit (klink-it) canoe, known as the Raven Canoe, was launched on the Potomac.

The canoe is a gift from the Tlingit Nation, an American Indian group from southeast Alaska, to the museum’s soon-to-open Ocean Hall. The canoe is painted black and has a carved raven figurehead. It celebrates the relationship between the Tlingit people and the bounty of the sea.

Visitors will be able to see the canoe when the museum’s Ocean Hall opens on Sept. 27. It will hang from the ceiling with a life-size model of an endangered northern right whale.

 

 

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