The Sheldon Jackson Museum is pleased to welcome Dena’ina and Koyukon Athabascan artist Danielle Stickman as the first artist in this year’s Alaska Native Artist Residency Program. Stickman began her residency on May 15th and will be at the museum through the end of the day on May 30th.

While in-residence at the Sheldon Jackson Museum, Stickman will work most days between 9am and 4pm and will offer several public programs. She will teach a dream catcher making class May 22nd, 23rd, and 29th from 2-4pm. The class is currently full, but students are welcome to call the museum at (907) 747-8981 to be put on a waitlist. Stickman will give an artist talk entitled, “Dena’ina Dreams: Science, Art, Culture & Mindfulness on Sun., May 30th at 2pm. There will be a limited number of seats available to attend the talk in-person and people interested in securing their spot should call (907) 747-8981 to sign up. All are welcome to attend the talk via Zoom by visiting:

and inputting Meeting ID: 881 9721 4444 and Passcode: 463994.

Danielle is a beader, fish skin sewer, and mixed media artist based in Eagle River and the village of Shishmaref. Her mother is from Bristol Bay and her father is from the Yukon River. For each piece Danielle makes, she names it with a Dena’ina word or phrase. She also smudges each and makes a watercolor card to go with the design. She views the entire process from designing to creating to drawing to smudging to be part ceremony. Her inspiration for her art is drawn heavily from her ancestors, her ancestors’ lands, nature, and the Dena’ina language.

Danielle is the proprietor of Dena’ina Dreams, a business through which she sells her jewelry and dream catchers. When she is not making jewelry or dream catchers or putting her degree in environmental science to use, she is painting or drawing.

This year’s Alaska Native Artist Residency Program is made possible with an Art Works II Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and with support from the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum, Alaska Airlines, and private donations. For additional information on the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program, upcoming Alaska Native artists-in-residence, and artist-in-residence talks and classes, please call (907) 747-8981 or visit: or
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