anna brown ehlers
MEDIUM: Chilkat Weaving
LOCATION: Juneau, Alaska
"The Tlingit Indian tribe is alive with vibrant culture. Tribal members still celebrate the lives of their recently deceased via the traditional memeorial potlatch. All manner of ancient art forms are practiced today; skin sewing, totem pole carving, the carving of frontlets, hats, rattles, bentwood boxes, and chilkat blanketsare produced in abundance by young and old alike. Oral history is passed on, enlivened by ceremonial song and dance, there by strenghtening the ties between the generations. Continuation of the traditional language and art forms will carry us through the gateway to the future." - Anna Brown Ehlers
"Annas work has enlivened the Alaskan Indian art world. She has risen the standard of this invaluable art form. By her contributions to her tribal society and art world in general, she has enriched all who come in contact with her." - Jacqueline Johnson, nominator.