This Sunday, friends and family will gather to honor and remember Archie Cavanaugh, a Tlingit musician and artist who died earlier this month.
The celebration of life ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall at the Andrew Hope Building. Anyone is welcome to come share memories about Cavanaugh.
Cavanaugh, who was 67, is known for decades of music and artwork. He’s released music since 1980, starting with his debut album “Black and White Raven.” Over the years, he also worked with Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska to further the tribe’s educational efforts in Southeast.
His artwork is well known as well, especially after a 2012 controversy when federal agents told him that his work violated federal laws because of his use of feathers in it. This incident sparked a discussion about the use of feathers in Native art that has continued to this day.
Cavanaugh, who was born in Wrangell and raised in Kake, was a Raven from the Gaanaxteidí clan of the Xíxch’I Hít (Frog House) in Klukwan.