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For Our Children: Chilkat Regalia Woven in the Lineage of Jennie Thlunaut & Clarissa Rizal

Join us at the City Museum on Friday, February 3rd from 4-7pm for an opening reception for an exhibition titled, For Our Children: Chilkat Regalia Woven in the Lineage of Jennie Thlunaut & Clarissa Rizal. Curated by Juneau weaver Lily hope, this exhibition showcases finger twined Chilkat robes woven by three generations of Chilkat weavers: Master Weavers Jennie Thlunaut and Clarissa Rizal, living weavers Shgen George, Lily Hope and Ricky Tagaban, and thirty new student weavers. Master Weavers Jennie Thlunaut and Clarissa Rizal left a strong legacy of Chilkat weavers to carry on their teachings with integrity. Lily Hope, Shgen George, and Ricky Tagaban are three weaver teachers who embody the teachings in their daily lives. The two Master Weavers and each of the three living mentors will display child-sized robes as well as smaller woven Chilkat accessories. Student works include up to thirty smaller Chilkat robes woven between 2022 and 2023 with Lily Hope as the lead mentor weaver. Shgen George and Ricky Tagaban mentored students during an in-person finishing workshop hosted in partnership with Sealaska Heritage Institute, in late January 2023.

The Chilkat Mentorship Finishing Workshop and Art Show Opening is supported in part by: Sealaska Heritage Institute, Friends of the Juneau Douglas City Museum, Goldbelt Heritage Foundation, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation SHIFT: Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts Grant, The CIRI Foundation: A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Arts & Culture Project Grant, Shee Atiká Inc., Huna Heritage Foundation, Chilkoot Indian Association, Canada Council for the Arts, and Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

Photo: Sydney Akagi with her finished child sized Chilkat Robe, modeled by her baby son, Sloane. Photo by @sydneyakagiphoto

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