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Tlingit pipe
ca. 1820–1860
Lituya Bay, Alaska
Wood, copper, abalone shell
25 x 7.5 x 13 cm
Collected by Lt. George Thornton Emmons

This pipe may depict Lituya Bay in southeastern Alaska. According to Tlingit history, the bay was guarded by a froglike sea monster and his slave, a bear, who periodically shook the surface of the water and caused great waves to drown unwary travelers. The two brass-covered ridges on this pipe are waves that have engulfed a canoe and its occupants.

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