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Have You Seen The “Chilkat Mini-Coopers?”

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Sun, 02/01/2015 - 10:05pm

Hand-painted mini-coops in Chilkat yellow and Indian red! by Clarissa Rizal

Let’s go for a quick road-trip in one of these “Chilkat Mobiles” zipping through the Redwood Forests and out across Canyonlands and Arches National Monuments sliding into Sedona across the Mohave dessert and up towards the Rocky Mountains!  Yep, zippidity do dah at your fingertips in the miniatures of miniatures!

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Clarissa’s Tentative Schedule for the Arts 2015

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:58pm

“Chilkat Child” headdress and collar – trimmed with sea otter fur and 22. bullet shells – designed and handwoven by Clarissa Rizal

I am currently gearing up for a full year of travel to art shows, cultural center openings, weddings and of course visiting my kids and grandkids along the way!  Here’s my 2015 schedule:

1).  Heard Museum Indian Art Market and Fair, Phoenix, AZ – March 5-8th – Booth #D45

2).  Catherine and Dylan’s Wedding, Austin, TX – April 18th

3).  Grand Opening of Soboleff Cultural Center, Juneau, AK – May 15

4).  Eiteljorg Indian Art Market and Fair, Indianapolis, IN, June 27-28

5).  Teslin’s “KusTeYea” Celebration, Teslin, Yukon, July 24-26

6).  Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 21-23

7). Haskell Institute Native Art Market, Lawrence, KS , September 12-13

8).  Cherokee Art Market, Tulsa, OK, October

9)  Autry Native American Art Market, Los Angeles, CA  November

10).  NMAI (National Museum of the American Indian) Holiday Art Market, NYC, December

 

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Happy 35th Birthday to Lily Lalanya Hope

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:47pm

Ishmael and Lily Hope with their 4 children Elizabeth, Mary, Eleanor, Louis and Santa! – December 2014

Another fortunate child of mine who snuck in like her brother and sister when their mother wasn’t looking!   Cheers to you for holding up with 4 children, and for making plans to go for your Masters Degree in Education, and starting the online weaving source called the Northwest Coast Weavers Supply, all this while helping to support Ishmael and his career as a writer and culture-bearer!  You could sound like your mother, alas, you are your own strong-willed person — keep it up my dear while continuing to lovingly care for yourself!  Lots of big hugs and kisses, my Nina!

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My Blog is Back!!!

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:39pm

Donna Beaver Pizzarelli, Al Pizzarelli, and Clarissa Rizal — street bench near Basin Road, Juneau, Alaska

For whatever reasons, my blog crashed on November 18, 2014.  I didn’t know about it until three weeks later when I received a call from a total stranger out of Minnesota who was roaming my website and could not pull up my blog and thought he’d better bring it to my attention — like how cool is that!?  How many people would go through the trouble?

In between her full-time job working for the USGS and doing her own creative works especially in Haiku poetry, and assisting her husband’s creative endeavors,  Donna worked hard getting my blog up and running again, finalized today!  YAY!

Check out Donna and Al’s poetry:   www.haikuchronicles.com

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Letting Go of My “Chilkat Mobile”

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 8:08pm

Back side of my 1991 Toyota Corolla — Clarissa calls it her “Chilkat Mobile” — license plate “CNH 794″ She considers these letters and numbers “good…!”

My “Chilkat Mobile” is originally from Juneau, Alaska.  In December I put the car on the ferry for a 3-day sail to the port of Bellingham, Washington State.  From Bellingham, I drove down to the mountains above Los Angelos, then across to Scottsdale and up to Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  I drove through all kinds of storms, wind, rain, sleet, snow and finally sunshine!  This car can make it up the infamous Wolf Creek Pass to Denver no problem.  Though remember because it is a 4-cylinder, you have to drive in 2nd gear up the mountain passes.

Front of Clarissa’s “Chilkat Mobile”

“Chilkat”  was owned by an elderly blonde woman who is now 92.  22 years ago, she and her husband bought two of these cars, a his and her pair:   one for her, one for him.  The cars were originally red, but they had both custom painted yellow.  A little over a year ago, they both went into an elder-care home and so they sold both of their beloved machines.   They took VERY GOOD CARE of these cars; in fact, they each had their own garage built especially for them; no kidding!  Except for a few tiny nicks here and there from tiny rocks on the drive down here, the body is straight, no dents and no rust anywhere except for a small strip across the bottom part of the window on the back hatch door; I remedied that situation by placing yellow duck tape (the exact color of the car!) across the line of rust.

I bought the “her” car.  Peggy  was retired when she bought the car and had no children or grand-children, she mainly used the car to go do errands and such in the remote town of Juneau which has about 70 total miles of road as the town is land-locked.  The car most likely did not ever go more than 60 miles an hour, if that, until of course, I drove it on the freeways from Bellingham — the car hums at 75 no problem with a load.   When I drove down from Bellingham, I had the car packed with two suitcases, my paintings and prints and weaving looms.  It probably hasn’t had any kind of load like that before.

On the car deck of the “MV Malaspina” ferry from Juneau, Alaska to Bellingham, Washington, then the long drive down to Colorado…!

Both cars were well maintained partially due to the fact that the husband was a boat and car mechanic as well as an inventor and both he and his wife were meticulous about everything they owned.   I knew them personally.  I grew up with them.  They talked me into buying this car because they wanted me to have it because they knew I liked older cars and they knew I took care of my things.  They also knew I needed a car to teach my classes up in Yukon Territory!   For a 22-year old car, the interior is clean, barely worn anywhere because the car was mainly used by one person, so the grey upholstery is in great shape, no tears, no stains, no worn spots – there is only one worn spot on the carpet.   I have my own maintenance records for a little over a year I’ve owned it since, I’ve had the oil changed three times; totally serviced and new rear brakes before I jumped the ferry with the car.  I haven’t had to do anything major.  It handles snow real well, hugs the road like a roadster; it’s a sweet thing!

As you can tell, I am proud of my “Chilkat Mobile”.  I would not have sold it if it weren’t my need for a travel van.  I need something larger because I am an artist who travels to a variety of shows “west of the Mississippi!”  I need to carry all my art plus the display units.  After at least 10 inquiries from prospective buyers from around the country in just a couple of days on the Craigslist market, “Chilkat” is now living in Taos, New Mexico with her new owner.  I wish her a longer and more prosperous life; she served me well and in turn I wish her the best!

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Superintendent speaks out about student privacy rights

Juneau School District Announcements - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:40pm

Supe's On  - Welcome to the Superintendent's Blog

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School District Report on Investigation into Hazing

Juneau School District Announcements - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:35pm

The Juneau School District has concluded our investigation into allegations that on or about May 30-31 of this year a group of incoming senior boys hazed/initiated a group of incoming freshmen boys by paddling them multiple times.

These events were first brought to our attention in early June. At that time the district began an initial investigation, which, due to an active police investigation and summer vacation, was put on hold. When we were informed that the police had concluded their investigation we resumed our efforts.

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