'Actor John Barrymore and the theft of a Tlingit totem from Southeast Alaska in the 1930s,' March 19
by Michelle Saport |
Wednesday, March 19, 5-7 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore
Learn the details of the relationship between John Barrymore, Vincent and Mary Price, a 29-foot Tlingit memorial pole and a Honolulu museum in this presentation by Steve Langdon, professor in UAA's Department of Anthropology.
Barrymore stole the pole (Kooteeya) from the unoccupied village of Tuxican, Prince of Wales Island in the 1930s. The pole then became a trophy display on the estates of Barrymore and later that of fellow actor Vincent Price. Next, it was incongruously transferred to the Honolulu Museum of Art, where Professor Langdon discovered it in February 2013. The pole is currently stored in the basement of the museum and its fate is being considered. Langdon will recount the pole's journey, his discovery and what the next chapter could hold for the pole.
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