Chilkat blanket

Dancing blanket

Native American (Tlingit)

Object Place: Tlingit Chilkat, Northwest Indian, Native American


Overall (Including Fringe): 114.3 x 165.1 cm (45 x 65 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool and cedar bark; twined

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Black, white, yellow and blue Chilkat dancing blanket, worn by the Tlingit Chilkat . for various ceremonies, including the potlatch. The motif on this particular blanket is known as the “diving whale” design and is made up of abstract, geometric animals, eyes and family crests.


Probably between 1905 and 1914, purchased in Vancouver, British Columbia by Joseph Clark Thoms (b. 1839 - d. 1919), Cincinnati; by descent to his granddaughter, Isabelle Resor (Mrs. Murat H.) Davidson (b. 1909 - d. 2004), Cincinnati and Barnstable, MA [see note]; 2004, by descent to her heirs; 2008, sold by the heirs of Mrs. Davidson, through Marcy Burns, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 17, 2008)

Until 1981, lent by Mrs. Davidson to the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously