Artist Jennie Wheeler has early memories of walking the three miles into Yakutat with her mother to deliver moccasins and other skin-sewn creations. People were happy to receive what they’d ordered, and that made Wheeler happy in turn.
Her mother, Jennie Pavlik, sewed seal skin moccasins, hats, baby booties, and other garments. Wheeler grew up sewing along with her.
“She always had such good care in making her things,” Wheeler said. “Whatever she made, she always told me ‘You’ve got to have good thoughts whenever you work.’”