Material Traditions: Twining Cedar

  • Date: Oct 7, 2016
  • Times: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Included with museum admission, $7-$15
  • Location: Anchorage Museum

Twined red cedar bark baskets are an essential element of Tsimshian culture. Created in varied styles and designs, cedar baskets were used to store provisions, tools and blankets, and for plant harvesting and berry picking. They were a link between the people and the land – economically, historically and spiritually. Master artists Delores Churchill (Haida) and Holly Churchill (Haida), with apprentice Kandi McGilton (Tsimshian), will demonstrate how these baskets are made and share knowledge of their cultural meanings during the Twining Cedar artists’ residency at the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center that week. The artists will teach and document techniques and compare their own work to historical examples in the Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage exhibition on the second floor of the museum’s west wing. The program is in partnership with the Hyaak Foundation of Metlakatla and is sponsored by the CIRI Foundation, Smithsonian Council for Arctic Studies, Anchorage Museum, Central Council Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska, Sealaska Heritage Foundation and Alaska State Council on the Arts.

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