Thanks for help with Gathering of Weavers

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008

On May 31 and June 1 and 2, 72 weavers from three countries gathered at the University of Alaska Southeast to indulge in their passion for weaving. The Gathering was sponsored by the Ravenstail Weavers' Guild with financial support from the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. The success of the Gathering was a result of many organizations and individuals, for which we would like to acknowledge their generosity and support.

Lecture and workshop leaders shared a wealth of knowledge with those who attended, and for that we would like to thank Cheryl Samuel, Delores Churchill, Steve Henrikson, Alena Mountford, Janice Criswell, Mary Lou King, Marcia Stier, Kathy Rado, Kathy Rousso, Rae Baggen and Kay Parker.

We would also like to thank the following Native dance groups and their leaders for the entertainment they provided at the public lectures: All Nations Children and Vicki Soboleff, Yaaw Tei Yi and Andy Ebona and Xaadas Git'alang and Linda Carroll. Howa'a! Gunalche'esh!

The university's partnership in this event also was very invaluable in providing the housing lodge for workshops, the Egan Lecture Hall and affordable housing for weavers attending from out of town. Thank you, Alice Tersteeg and Dean Patrick Brown! Your support of our weaving warms our hearts and made this gathering possible! Thanks to Jim Gage for helping we look good in front of the public and to all the other many University employees who helped.

A special thanks to the Alaska State Museum for providing basement tours which allowed viewing the baskets and weavings up close with the experts. Steve Henrikson and Ellen Carrlee, we appreciate you sharing your time and knowledge with us.

Thank you to Terra Parker for photographing the events.

To Harold Jacobs and Lorraine DeAsis, thank you for blessing us with the presence of your magnificent collection of Chilkat Robes.

A heartfelt thank you to the central council, specifically President William Martin, Andrei Chakine, Ashli Hobbs, Raeanne Holmes, Myrna Brown, Carrie Sykes and Fred Anderson for your generous support. Also, thanks to Floyd Kookesh and the Douglas Indian Association for your donation.

Thank you to local businesses and individuals who provided food items for the weavers: Fred Meyer, Costco, Safeway, McDonald's, Silverbow Bakery and Sheinberg & Associates.

Last, but not least, thank you to the weavers that attended the gathering!

Kay Parker

President, Raventail Weavers' Guild


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