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Museum's Wednesday lecture to feature “Hands Across Time” robe

Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2011

The focus of this week’s Alaska State Museum lunchtime lecture will be “Hands Across Time: The Reemergence of Raventail Weaving in Southeast Alaska.” The lecture begins at noon Wednesday, Feb. 9, and will include input from local weavers Janice Criswell, Bonnie Fitzjarrald, Mary Lou King, Kay Parker, Janet Schempf and others.

The lecture will describe the creation of the “Hands Across Time Robe,” the first original Ravenstail ceremonial robe to be woven in Southeast since the early 1880s. Sponsored by the museum 20 years ago, the project involved a team of eight primarily artists, as well as about a dozen others, who spent more than 1,800 hours in the robe’s creation. The robe was then ceremonially “brought out” at Celebration ’92 and named “Hands Across Time Robe” after it was danced with for the first time by Dr. Walter Soboleff.

The weavers donated the robe to the museum with the stipulation that it be allowed to be used for ceremonies.

This presentation will bring together some of the key weavers to talk about the project and about their individual work over the past 20 years. Contemporary weavings, as well as the only known preserved fragment of an original robe, will also be displayed.

For more information, call 465-2901 or visit www.museums.state.ak.us.



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