Mask returned to King Island Native Community
A Washington woman has returned a mask to the King Island Native Community of Alaska.

Marilyn Lewis said her father's uncle went to Alaska in 1898. The uncle gave the mask to her father in 1927

Lewis said she wanted to return the mask to its rightful owner. She contacted the tribal coordinator and hand-delivered the item. It is now on display at the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum in Nome.

The mask came from the original King Island village. The Inupiat Eskimo community was abandoned by 1966 and many of its residents settled in Nome, about 80 miles away.

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