Object photography

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Object description

  • Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit, birth 1979)
  • Tsu Heidei Shugaxtutaan (We Will Again Open This Container of Wisdom That Has Been Left in Our Care), parts I and II, 2006
  • Digital video
  • Alaska, Pacific Northwest Coast, North America
  • Museum purchase, 2012
  • 2012.25.1


This is a digital video of five minute loops of performances by dancers David Elsewhere (part I) and Dan Littlefield, Tlingit (part II). Elsewhere is dressed in a dark long-sleeved top, dark pants, and white athletic shoes. He performs in a stark white room with a concrete floor. Littlefield is wearing a performative costume of the Pacific Northwest Native Americans which includes a fringed cape and a wooden mask on top of his head. He performs in front of a background of symmetrical Pacific Northwest designs. Edition 2 of 5.

Exhibition History

  • Upcoming Exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; 2015 through Present
  • Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; January 14, 2012 through April 29, 2012


Nicholas Galanin