Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Alaska State Libraries, Archives, & Museums
For Immediate Release
July 1, 2021
Image from the exhibition The Spirit Wraps Around You. Photograph by Brian Wallace.
JUNEAU – The Alaska State Museum presents a VIRTUAL walk-through of the exhibit The Spirit Wraps Around You: Northern Northwest Coast Native Textiles with museum curator Steve Henrikson. The walk-through will be available at lam.alaska.gov/sway on July 2 at 4:30 pm.
Henrikson’s walk-through will trace the history of the sacred textiles known today as “Ravens Tail” and “Chilkat” robes. The robes 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.
The exhibit was 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 renowned local weavers Kay Field Parker, Marcia Stier, Lily Hope (Tlingit), Janice Criswell (Haida), and others.
The Spirit Wraps Around You is on exhibit at the Alaska State Museum through October 9, 2021.
This exhibition is possible thanks to generous support from community members, as well as the following institutions: The Ciri Foundation, King Family Trust, Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum, Juneau Community Foundation, Ravenstail Weaver’s Guild, and Sealaska Heritage.
Additional funding to support this program is being solicited by the Friends of the State Library, Archives and Museums (FOSLAM). Contributions may be made online through FOSLAM (please specify “SWAY Exhibit”).
A person experiencing a disability who needs accommodation for events hosted by the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum can contact the Division's ADA coordinator at (907) 465-1300 to make any necessary arrangements.
Director, Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums
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