Local groups start work to prepare traditional dress


Brian O'Connor/ Wrangell Sentinel

Chris Jenkins and Cindy Kilpatrick work to pattern an octopus bag Thursday at the SNO Building. Jenkins and Kilpatrick were some of the artisans who turned up to start work in preparation for Celebration in Juneau in June.

The Thursday night beading workshop is quiet, for now.

Soon, more than 20 prospective craftspeople will descend on the Johnson-O'Malley room at the Stikine Native Organizations building to finish headbands, octopus bags, and ceremonial vests ahead of this year's 2014 Celebration, a biannual gathering in Juneau of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Alaskan Natives.

For now, the loudest sound is that of the television, which plays "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked" for a future craftsman too young to handle a needle and thread.

Seven artisans worked to create an octopus bag, a bead-decked f...

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