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Alaska State Museum to offer Native artist demonstrations in November

Posted: November 3, 2011 - 12:04am

The Alaska State Museum will host weaver Percy Kunz on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with a short break for lunch) as part of the museum’s November artist demonstrator series. Kunz weaves red and yellow cedar and also does Raven’s Tail weaving.

Percy Kunz was born in Sitka, and is Kaagwaantaan, from the Eagle Nest House in Sitka. She learned how to do Raven’s Tail weaving from Kay Parker at a class at the University of Alaska Southeast.

“I love weaving,” Kunz said in a press release. “My older sister sat me down and said, ‘You are going to learn how to bead.’” Kunz said she didn’t want to at the time, but “you listen to your older sis, so I did.” Kunz says she never regretted that decision, and it helped her get a few good jobs, including teaching beading at the Tlingit & Haida culture club. Della Cheney was teaching cedar bark weaving at the same time. Kunz said she checked with her boss, closed up her beading class, and then went running to the weaving class and started her first small basket. Since then she has traveled with her teacher, Cheney, to Teslin to their first “Celebration.” There, Kunz helped Cheney teach a weaving class at which students wove hats.

Admission to the state museum will be free on Saturdays in November when an artist demonstrator is featured, Other demonstrators in the program include Tsimshian carver Abel Ryan and Tlingit silver carver Ed Kunz.

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