Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chilkat Blanket vs Ordinary Blanket

When we think about blankets the first thought that comes to mind is sleep or warmth. The blankets that the Tlingits used are not for comfort, it's more like a symbol to have the Chilkat Blanket wrapped around you. The Chilkat Blankets were only worn by chiefs, shamans or people of high regard. If you were to go into anybodys room you will see a blanket, for the Tlingits not everybody has a Chilkat Blanket, only a certain few have them. It just goes to show that a very simple object can have two very different meanings in different cultures.

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