How the Chookaneidee Earned the Rights to Use the Devilfish as One of Their Clan Symbols
Tags:Bronze, Carved Mask, Patina
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“There was a Devilfish that lived in the waters near Glacier Bay- Inian Islands. This giant Devilfish was swamping the canoes and claiming the lives of the Hoonah people as they traveled these waters. A Chookaneidee man named Kaa-Kooch decided to go after this Devilfish because too many lives had been taken. Kaa-Kooch and his brother-in-law set out to rid the waters of this danger. When Kaa-Kooch and his brother-in-law got to the waters where this Devilfish roamed they baited the waters with the blood of a porpoise. Soon the Devilfish was making its way to them when Kaa-Kooch saw this, he took two Tlingit daggers and tied them to his hands, and dove in after the Devilfish. The waters were boiling and then went calm. The brother-in-law waited for some time with no sign of Kaa-Kooch. He went back to tell the people what happened. A few days later a Devilfish washed ashore. The people went to investigate. They noticed a man was wrapped inside the tentacles, and realized it was Kaa-Kooch. During the battle with the Devilfish Kaa-Kooch cut through the ink sack and got covered in the black ink. Kaa-Kooch managed to kill the Devilfish, but the Devilfish killed him too.