Cory Mann is a Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family's traditional fish camp.
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#1 Nov 30, 2012
Corey plagerized the dry fish documentary from me. I went to sealaska corporation in 2000, asking for a pittance of cash to purchase two cameras and film to document the process, using my father's technique. sealaska denied me the funds, and yohann actually told me that he and the company could 'do a better job of it than you.' He stood there and told me to my face that he was going to steal my idea.
Without funds, and the only video camera we had at the time going down, I had to shelve the idea. corey was at our camp that summer, and my step-mother's daughter told corey of my idea.
I had to relocate to california to reclaim my family, whom I'd been seperated from for three years. During the time we were rebuilding our family and life style, my father passed away, and I felt that the dry fish idea could wait a little longer, only to read in the goldbelt media rag that mann had shot his version already.
goldbelt used my father's name in a puff piece, raving about how great mann is. Neither they, nor mann asked our permission to use Dad's name, nor did mann credit me for the whole documentary idea.
mann brags about his 'million selling scarves' using my dads designs, and never mentions whether he has compensated my father, or his widow for said designs.
And You folks should check your facts before putting crap like this out in the media.
#2 Nov 30, 2012
I should mention that my name is Phillip Edward Abbott, and I am a shareholder in both sealaska and goldbelt corporations. My father's name is Charles Abbott Senior, and he had sold many, many carvings of masks, totems, and hats to tourists and souvenir shops in Juneau. He also sold a ceremonial rattle, an exact replica of one used by Clan leaders of old. It can be seen in an old photo at the museum, and the replica is hanging in the showcase by the elevator at One Sealaska Plaza. The piece was valued at four thousand dollars in 2000, but the sealaska purchasing agent ripped my father off, paying one thousand five hundred dollars for the item. He used the fact that dad needed cash for his annual subsistance trek to Klukwan to gyp him out of the remainder of the piece's worth. Wholesale buyers are allowed leeway because they are re-selling the items purchased, but end-users like Sealaska should pay full price for such valuable artworks.
Perhaps nothing can be done about the rip-off, but underhanded dealings like this should Always see the light of day, especially when the corporation, funded by government dollars and set up to benefit Natives do such things.
I live in California, and a friend in Juneau said that putting things like this is like spitting in the wind (paraphrase, what he said contained yellow water) because nobody cares about what the corporations do.
I Guess mann can try to sue me, but it won't go anywhere, because everything in these two posts are true.
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