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Selina Alexander (Koyukon Athabascan) Artist Talk at Sheldon Jackson Museum

by LAM Webmaster on 2023-09-21T08:57:01-08:00 in Events, Sheldon Jackson Museum | 0 Comments

Selina AlexanderSheldon Jackson Museum Alaska Native artist-in-residence Selena Alexander will give a talk on “Learning Art Forms,” on September 28 at 2 pm. She will share how she came to be a beader, porcupine quill worker, caribou tufter, and skin and fur sewer. To reserve a spot to attend the talk in-person, call the museum at (907) 747-8981. The talk will also be streamed live on Zoom, and the recording will be available later on the Friends of SJM YouTube channel.

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From the artist:

I am the oldest of 14 children, 9 boys and 5 girls. I was born in Fairbanks to Lloyd and Amelia DeWilde. My mother is full Koyukon Athabascan from Huslia and my father is Welsh/Flemish from San Francisco. I was raised on the Yukon River between Ruby and Galena until age nine. We then moved to the North Fork of the Huslia River, about 45 air miles from Huslia. We lived a subsistence life of hunting, fishing, trapping and gardening. I was seven when my mother started me sewing and knitting doll clothes and my father started me trapping squirrels and weasels. At age 11 my father started me running a dog team. By age 13 my mother taught me how to make slippers and boots, more knitting and crocheting. My father taught me how to shoot guns, trap for mink, fox, otter and snare beaver. Mother taught me how to snare rabbits and ptarmigan, and how to fish with nets and poles. We also did a lot of drawing and crafts. Over the years I've learned more about beadwork from my grandmother, watching others, reading books, going to museums and workshops, and listening to my elders. My Indian grandmother and mother are excellent beadworkers and skinsewers. About twenty years ago Denise Hardesty taught a workshop on caribou tufting that I attended. My white grandfather was a well-known painter, artist and professor in San Francisco. I have 7 children.

The Alaska Native Artist Residency Program is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum, Alaska Airlines, and private donors. To learn how you can support this vital program that brings culture bearers and artists like Selina from all over the state to the museum, visit

Visitors can come to the museum to meet Selina and see examples of her fine work most days Monday-Friday, 10 am-noon and 2-4 pm. She will be in-residence until October 5. For specific schedule details, visit the Exhibits and Events page, friendsofsjm.comFOSJM on Facebook, or FOSJM on Instagram

Summer hours at the Sheldon Jackson Museum are Monday-Saturday, 9 am-4:30 pm and Sunday, 1-4:30 pm, closed holidays. Summer admission is $9 for adults and $8 for seniors. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Assistance is available for visitors with special needs. For more information on operations, events, or the residency program, contact the museum at (907) 747-8981.

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