Mortgage Rock and Bundle of Sticks
According to a typed story that went with this collection, the sticks represent the Kiks.ádi clan’s mortgage of Sitka lands to the Kaagwaantaan clan. The story describes how two Kaagwaantaan men were accidently killed by a Kiks.ádi clan member, and the Kiks.ádi accepted responsibility for their deaths.
The Kiks.ádi clan held a ceremony and placed a large rock on a table and said it symbolized their land. They then placed on the table a bundle of short sticks tied together with fish line and said the sticks represented their clan houses.
Finally, they presented another bundle of sticks tied together by a strip of calico that represented blankets and symbolized wealth. The clan acknowledged they would repay their debt “stick by stick.” The mortgage held by the aggrieved clan has not been repaid.