When you think of a Native Artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico, the last thing that comes to mind is a Tlingit/Tsimpshian/Chippewa. My Mother comes Ketchikan and Craig, Alaska and my Father from White Earth, Minnesota. I Graduated with a Bachelors of Arts with a focus on Fine Art from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. I teach Native Art’s Carving at the Craig Middle and High school in Craig, Alaska. I have three Beautiful Children, two boys (7&4), a 10 months old daughter, and very loving and supportive Wife. My medium of art is Northwest Coastal Form-line Design which branches into 2-D and 3-D carving and painting.
CRYSTAL KAAKEEYÁA WORL DEMIENTIEFF
As a Tlingit Athabascan artist, Crystal makes art because she want to remind those who have left home that we come from a special place. Her family and community have guided her to learn, work, and live for her community. Her practice in storytelling and art comes from the values and lessons of the Tlingit people and her family. As a Tlingit artist is it a responsibility to pass on her ancestral knowledge and values to future generations through art and storytelling.
Crystal is Raven moiety, Sockeye Clan, from the Raven House. She is a child of a Thunderbird and from the Chilkat region in Southeast Alaska. From her mother’s side, she is Deg Hit’an Athabascan from Fairbanks Alaska. Born February 1988 and raised between Fairbanks and Juneau, she was introduced at a young age to her traditional arts, practices, and story telling. Today she is a senior in both Studio Arts and Moving Images at the Institute of American Indian Arts. See more of Crystal's work on her website: www.crystalworl.com
RICO LANAAT' WORL
Rico Lanaat’ Worl (Tlingit/Athabascan) lives in Juneau, Alaska. His art is a focused study in learning Formline design, the traditional design style of the Indigenous Northwest coast. View his personal portfolio/website at www.ricoworl.com
Alison Bremner is a Tlingit artist born and raised in Southeast Alaska. She delves into her rich and complex culture through paintings, jewelry, drums and regalia. “Tlingit art is not just art – it is an internal compass, a connection to who we are as people and where we come from.” Having been raised in both her native and non-native cultures, Alison brings a unique perspective to her art. In addition to traditional formline, she explores contemporary formline as well as surrealist painting. “There is a misconception that all First Nations people are stoic and somber. While there has been much despair in our history, there has also been much to celebrate. I seek to shed light on our sense of humor in order to view the full picture of the modern native.” Alison has learned from master artists Cheryl Samuel and David R. Boxley. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the British Museum. Alison is inspired by ancient traditions and modern coffee.
Shaadoo’tlaa Gunaaxoo Kwáan
In developing her repertoire to include weaving of Chilkat, Raven’s Tail and cedar, skin sewing of seal, sea otter and moose hide of mukluks, moccasins, vests and jackets. Designing and sewing of regalia of button robes, octopus bags and dresses. Jeweler of silver, copper, abalone and trade beads of potlatch designed earrings, necklaces and bracelets. She brings performing arts of oratory storytelling, collaboration of traditional Tlingit legends to her written stories of today’s concerns.