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Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum to Host a Presentation on Basketry

by LAM Webmaster on 2023-01-17T09:19:30-09:00 in Events, Sheldon Jackson Museum | 0 Comments

Three images share Sarah Malcolm collecting birch barkPhoto of Sarah Malcolm collecting birch bark. Image by Charles Backus.The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum invite the public to attend the sixth event in its Winter Share Your Culture/ Share Your Research Series. Jan Steinbright (non-Native) will give a presentation entitled “Out of Roots, Bark, Grass, and Baleen: Alaska Native Basketry Stories” on Friday, February 3 at 12 pm.

Steinbright’s talk will be on Zoom and simultaneously in-person at the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka. If you're interested in attending in-person, call (907) 747-8981 to reserve a seat. To attend via zoom, visit and input meeting ID: 895 9116 4275 and passcode: Jan.

Steinbright shared this about her presentation:

In my 40 some years living and working with Alaska Native artists, I have had the honor of getting to know some incredibly talented people. As an artist myself, I was particularly drawn to the practice of basketry, an art form I had been involved with since childhood. My job allowed me to gather materials and interact with Native basket makers as they went about their work. I also was privileged to organize workshops around the state and work on exhibits for museums on basketry. From these precious experiences, I have come away with many stories which I love to share.

Using a PowerPoint presentation, I will talk about the gathering and preparation of natural materials and the basket construction, and share some personal stories of these amazing people.

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

 The Sheldon Jackson Museum is currently open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm and by appointment only on Tuesdays. 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). 

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