September 24, 2022 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm America/Sitka Timezone
SJ Museum & Zoom
(907) 747-8981
Artist Talk with Debra Dzijúksuk O’Gara (Tlingit, Yupik, Irish) - “Cultural Significance of Ravenstail and Chilkat Weaving” @ SJ Museum & Zoom

Artist Talk with Debra Dzijúksuk O’Gara (Tlingit, Yupik, Irish), in-person and on Zoom, simultaneously, Sheldon Jackson Museum

Sat., Sept. 24th 3-4pm

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As part of the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program, Debra Dzijuksuk O’Gara (Tlingit, Yup’ik Irish) will give a talk entitled “Cultural Significance of Ravenstail and Chilkat Weaving.” The talk will be held in-person at the Sheldon Jackson Museum and simultaneously on zoom on Sat, Sept. 24th from 3-4pm. People wishing to attend in-person or who wish to be emailed a zoom link should call (907) 747-8981.

O’Gara describes the subject of her talk as follows:

“These two art forms [Chilkat and ravenstail weaving] nearly died out completely. Why and how did this happen? Focus will be on the strong resurgence today for both Ravenstail and Chilkat weaving which has provided medicine for many in their efforts in cultural and spiritual healing.

Just as Chilkat weaving is gaining new weavers, some of the traditional materials are becoming scarce due to climate change, loss of accessible lands, and unsustainable logging practices. What are some of the innovative solutions emerging to stave off this crisis?”


(Photo provided by Debra Dzijúksuk O’Gara)