Alan Zuboff dances for a recently returned Bear Clan Totem during a welcoming ceremony in Angoon, Alaska, November 1, 2003
Wearing the ceremonial hat of his Dog Salmon Clan, Alan Zuboff dances for a recently-returned Bear Clan Totem during a welcoming ceremony in Angoon, Alaska, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003. In the traditional clan dances the face of the dancer is usually hidden to focus attention on the face of the hat. Dancers move to emulate the clan's symbolic animal. The Bear Clan Totem disappeared from the village in 1908 to reappear in Greeley, Colo., as a gift from the secretary of education for Alaska. The Tlingit village of Angoon was leveled by the U.S. Navy in 1882 after an alleged cultural misunderstanding.
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Repatriation, Tlingit Indians, Tlingit art