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By Lisa Phu
Alaska Beacon 

Historian traces lineage of Chilkat weavers back to 1850s

 

Lisa Phu/Alaska Beacon

Chilkat and Ravenstail Weaver Lily Wooshkindein Da.Áat Hope (background) and weaving assistant Nadezdha Hughes work on a full-size ceremonial Chilkat dancing blanket in Hope's studio in Juneau on July 5.

It's called Between Worlds. And it features a diving whale.

"Peering through the bones of this diving whale pattern is this ancestor with her face and hands pressed against the veil between worlds," Alaska Chilkat and Ravenstail Weaver Lily Wooshkindein Da.Áat Hope said. "Because we talk about the Chilkat dancing blanket as the veil that separates our physical realm to the spirit realm on the other side."

Hope and weaving assistant Nadezdha Hughes are working on a full-size ceremonial Chilkat dancing blanket in Hope's studio in downtown Juneau. It's for the Houston Museum of Natural Scienc...



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