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The American Indian . . . A Series. TLINGIT TALK-TALK ****************** How the Alaskan Indians Fought the Sea-Devils. 1. Editor's Note: For the reproduction herewith of authentic Indian articles and customs, acknowledgement is due to The Museum of the American Indian Heye Foundation New York City 2. The Tlingit Indians (Alask) werre men of the sea. Their medicine men guarded them and their sea ventures by mystic ceremonies, in which the medicine men wore costume disguises. A favorite -- the "Eagle"! 3. Most of these sacred costumes could be worked by strings, making them all the more impressive. To insure a good catch of salmon, the medicine men would impersonate a salmon! 4. It was just as easy, too, to impersonate an octopus...if the tribe happened to want octopus! 5. The Tlingit Indians, nevertheless, had a crude but effectual art sense. It survives today in the bizarre head-dresses left from forgotten ceremonies... 6. The Tlingit medicine men were known for their power in making "talk-Talk" (incantations). They usually worked a sacred rattle also. A real "talk-talk" took hours...
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