Maria Murad | Understanding the Life of Florence Shotridge

Florence Shotridge in Tlingit-style hide dress and moccasins
in front of her Chilkat blanket on August 15, 1915.
(Photo: Penn Museum Archives)

Maria Murad (CIMS Minor, C'21), shares her senior thesis research on Florence Shotridge, also known as Kaatxwaaxsnéi, a Tlingit woman from Alaska who worked for the Penn Museum. After learning about Shortridge in a class taught by Heather Sharkey, Murad says she “felt a deep, intrinsic longing to learn more about her.”

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