Ed Claplanhoo, ex-Makah Nation chair, passes on at 81
Edward Eugene Claplanhoo, a former chairman of the Makah Nation of Washington, died on Sunday. He was 81.

Claplanhoo served as chairman in the 1970s. He helped establish the Makah Cultural and Research Center, which houses artifacts recovered from an Makah village that was excavated during Claplanhoo's tenure.

Claplanhoo was well known as the emcee of the annual Makah Days festival. "Sometimes you could hear his voice from the beach all the way up to the cemetery," his wife, Thelma, told The Peninsula Daily News.

Claplanhoo served in the U.S. Army after graduating from Washington State University.

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