Whatcom Museum returns sacred blanket to tribes of Alaska

George Samual and an unidentified woman roll a Tlingit Chilkat blanket in preparation for its return to the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. The blanket, which had been in the Whatcom Museum collection for 40 years, was returned to the tribes in a closed ceremony Feb. 19, 2016, in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall in Bellingham.