State Museum in Juneau launches noon lecture series

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Andrew P. Kashevarov Memorial Lecture Series — to be held at noon on Wednesdays from Jan. 26 through March 9 at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau — features new research on a variety of topics drawn from the collections of the Alaska Division of Library, Archives and Museums (LAM), presented by LAM staff and visiting researchers. New or seldom-seen historical photos, documents, and artifacts will be displayed in conjunction with each program. Admission is free, and visitors are welcome to eat lunch during the presentations.

On Monday, Shgen Doo Tan George, member of the Daaklaweidi clan in Angoon, will present “Learning from Robes.” She is an Alaskan artist and teacher.

The Alaska State Museum holds a significant collection of Northwest Coast Native weaving, ranging from a 6,000 year old spruce root basket to hand-woven contemporary regalia. George, an accomplished educator and weaver, will give a presentation on the benefits of museum research for weavers. She will focus on the Chilkat weaving tradition, and will outline some of the things that can be learned from studying various robes in museum collections — such as comparing weaving techniques and styles. A special selection of weavings from the museum collection will be available for viewing.

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