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COVID Closure: Due to current local Covid-19 conditions, the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff building will remain closed to the public through Saturday October 17, 2020. Watch this space for updates.

Holiday Closure: Alaska Day:

  • Alaska State Library, Archives, & Museum in Juneau will be closed on Monday, Oct. 19.
  • Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Events at Sheldon Jackson Museum

Events at our Sitka location.

Sheldon Jackson Museum Artist in Residence, Pamela Johnson (Tlingit), working in the museum gallery

  • October 1-17th, various days – primarily Tuesdays through Saturdays between 12pm and 4pm
  • Sheldon Jackson Museum

Pam Johnson (Tlingit) is originally from Sitka and of Raven/Coho clan. Her medium of choice is sewing garments, specifically traditional Tlingit button robes and vests. She enjoys sharing information about the crests she incorporates into her sewing and researching old photographs of regalia and representations of her family’s crests. She began making regalia in high school when she learned how to sew from her cousin Amanda Johnson and Carol Breece and found inspiration in elder Laurie Guthrie’s work. She enjoys making regalia for family and friends and has many ambitions. Johnson hopes to someday learn ravenstail weaving, how to engrave silver, carve traditional Tlingit style totem poles and eventually make a house panel.

When she is not sewing or teaching her daughters and friends and family members how to sew, Pam is busy working with youth in schools and at Tlingit and Haida tribal camps and working in an administrative capacity for tribal organizations.

She is currently enrolled in the Northwest Coast Art Program at UAS. This will be her first artist residency experience. People with questions about the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program and any related events may call the museum at (907) 747-8981.

B&W head shot of Pam Johnson.
2 children showing off the back of their vests.

Sheldon Jackson Museum, Virtual Regalia Making Class with Pamela Johnson (Tlingit), online

  • October 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, and 16 between 1:30pm and 3:30pm
  • Zoom via Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum

The Sheldon Jackson Museum is pleased to offer a virtual child’s regalia-making class with artist-in-residence Pamela Johnson (Tlingit). The intensive online class for ages 17 and up will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between October 7th and October 16th between 1:30pm and 3:30pm on Zoom. Students should plan to attend all eight sessions. During the eight-part regalia making workshop, students will make a child’s vest with black and red fabric, bias tape and abalone buttons. Students can propose their own designs or use a design preselected by Johnson.

The class is free, but there is a $35 materials fee to cover the artist’s expenses, due at the time of sign-up. Students will need to have access to the following:

  • a sewing machine,
  • scissors,
  • thread, and
  • Zoom.

The Zoom Link will be sent out to students who register. Space is limited and the deadline to sign up is September 20th. To register, call the museum directly at (907) 747-8981.

Sheldon Jackson Museum Artist in Residence, Pamela Johnson (Tlingit), Artist Talk, online

  • October 17th, 2:00pm
  • Zoom

On Saturday, October 17th Alaska Native artist-in-residence Pamela Johnson (Tlingit) will give an artist talk entitled, “Cultural Identity Through Fabric: A History of Robes. The talk will focus on her research on traditional Tlingit ceremonial garments and her own experience making traditional Tlingit button robes and vests. The talk will be on Zoom and is part of the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program. Attend the artist's talk on Zoom. Link can also be found on the Alaska State Museum website, the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum website, on social media, and in press releases. People with questions may call the museum at (907) 747-8981.

2 people pose with backs to camera to show off design on each robe.
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