SHI to sponsor lecture on story behind clan's use of crest

    The Devilfish/Octopus frontlet (Photo courtesy SHI)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a lecture next Tuesday on the story behind a clan’s use of a crest as part of its new fall series on a wide variety of topics.

    In his talk, How the Chookaneidí Clan Earned the Rights to Use the Devilfish/Octopus as a Crest, Saat-Kaa Fred Fulmer will share images and words about his newest creation, which is made from old-growth red cedar.

    Over the span of 28 years, Fulmer’s journey as an artist has been a culmination of listening to stories from his aunts and uncles, working alongside other carvers and getting inspiration through dreams and visions while he pursues his passion.

    Fulmer is a member of the Tlingit tribe, Chookaneidí clan of Hoonah through his mother, Frances Austin. Fulmer’s interest in carving came from his great-grandfather Frank St Clair Sr.

    Fulmer started learning carving in the 1990s from his Chookaneidí clan uncle, Ray Nielsen Sr.

    The lecture is scheduled for 12 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Shuká Hít within SHI’s Walter Soboleff Building, located at 105 S. Seward St. in Juneau.

    All lectures will be livestreamed and posted on SHI’s YouTube channel.

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