Parnell adopted into Eagle Killer Whale Clan

May 15, 2013 -- 10:00am


- SAXMAN, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Sean Parnell has been adopted into the Eagle Killer Whale Clan of the Tlingit people. KRBD reports that Parnell was among a number of individuals adopted into the clan last weekend in the southeast Alaska community of Saxman. The ceremony coincided with the raising of a new totem in Saxman. Teams of at least a dozen men at a time moved through the pouring-down rain as they carried the nearly 1,000-pound load. It took nearly an hour to raise the raven totem at the top of Saxman's totem row. Saxman Mayor Joe Williams later adopted Parnell into the clan, giving him the name Tan Taal. Williams said the name means, "Tell the bear to leave us alone, we're hunting for food just like you."

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