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Spirit Wraps Around You: Northern Northwest Native Textiles

  • Sat, May 08, 2021
  • Sat, October 09, 2021
  • Alaska State Museum


Organized by the Alaska State Museum (ASM), this exhibit traces the history of the sacred textiles known today as “Ravenstail” and “Chilkat” robes. Two dozen robes will carry the story of Native weaving among the Tsimshian, Haida, and Tlingit of Alaska and British Columbia, representing both ancient and modern ceremonial robes made by Alaska Natives and First Nations weavers.

Woven from the plush white fur of mountain goats, these robes were seen by early Euro-American visitors to the northern Northwest Coast when they contacted First Nations and Alaska Native people. Their use is reserved for sacred ceremonies, where dancers wear them to display the crests of their clans. In the 1900s, only a few weavers carried these unique traditions into the 21st century.

The exhibit is developed by ASM, working with a curatorial team of internationally renowned weavers:

  • Evelyn Vanderhoop (Haida),
  • Delores Churchill (Haida),
  • Marie Oldfield (Tsimshian), and
  • Lani Hotch (Tlingit)

Assisted by Juneau-area weavers:

  • Kay Parker,
  • Marcia Stier,
  • Lily Hope (Tlingit),
  • Janice Criswell (Haida),
  • and others.

Image: Potlatch Guests Arriving at Sitka, Winter 1803 by Bill Holm. Collection of the Alaska State Museum 92-22-1

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