By Becca Clark
Wrangell Sentinel 

Workshop this weekend will teach sea otter pelt sewing


Jeremiah James

Pete White, of Wrangell, stands next to freshly harvested sea otter pelts. Jeremiah James, who will teach a class on sea otter pelt sewing in Wrangell this weekend, hopes his class will interest more Alaska Natives in harvesting sea otters and sewing their pelts.

"Wear sea otter, save a crab!" says Jeremiah James.

James will teach a sea otter skin sewing class in Wrangell Thursday through Sunday, May 9-12, at the Wrangell Cooperative Association cultural center.

The workshop, put on by Sealaska Heritage Institute, will teach about 15 students to hand sew a pattern of their choosing, including garments like hats, scarves, headbands and pillows.

James, who lives in Yakutat and Juneau, got into sea otter sewing in 2011 after taking a beginner sewing class in Yakutat where he made a headband. At the time, he was working construction in the winters and comm...

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