Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Alaska State Libraries, Archives & Museums
For Immediate Release
Nov. 15, 2022
The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum and the Tanana Yukon Historical Society invite the public to attend the third event in its Winter Share Your Culture/ Share Your Research Series. The event is free and open to all and will take place on Zoom.
On Friday, Dec. 2nd at 12:00pm Tlingit weaver Laine Rinehart (they, them, theirs) will present on Chilkat weaving and share a visual update on their robe-in-progress from the loom.
Chilkat weaving has been practiced by many tribes along the Northwest Coast, both historically and in modern times, with many weavers contributing to the growth of this unique textile art form. Unique in its adaptation of Northwest Coast formline into a curvilinear weaving form, it is an in-depth technique which tells clan histories and stories and often is representative of clan crests.
This conversation will include a history of Chilkat Weaving, its origin, how this style of weaving has traveled, and how it continues to spread across different tribes. Additionally, the artist will share the Chilkat robe that they were weaving as an artist-in-residence at the Sheldon Jackson Museum in June of 2021. Further discussion will revolve around the preparation of mountain goat wool, from the hide to weft yarns and the spinning of warp, in order to prepare to for the actual weaving of a robe. Finally they will examine the differences between mountain goat wool and merino wool for the dye and spinning process.
To attend the Dec. 2nd event, visit zoom.com and input meeting ID: 878 6155 6757 and passcode: Rinehart.
The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum is dedicated to supporting the Sheldon Jackson Museum and its unique Alaska Native ethnographic collection through advocacy, acquisition, and educational programming. To learn more about the Friends, get involved, or learn more about the many wonderful Winter Share Your Culture/Share Your Research events, visit friendsofsjm.com.
The Sheldon Jackson Museum is currently open Wednesday–Saturday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm. Tuesdays open by appointment only. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and free for ages 18 and under and active duty military and their families (with an ID). Call (907) 747-8981 to confirm hours.
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