2015, 2016 Cultural Capital Fellow
2011 Community Spirit Award Honoree
Medium: Textiles, Literary
"Lani has demonstrated her commitment to our tribal community by being one of our greatest supporters and nurturers of our traditional knowledge and values." - Kimberley Strong, Chilkat Indian Village President.
Lani considers herself a textile artist who works primarily as a weaver in the Pacific Northwest coast style that is Chilkat, Ravenstail and contemporary interpretations of those methods. She is also a basketmaker and uses materials such as cedar and spruce root. In her Southeast Alaska village of Klukwan, the population is less than 100 and more than 85% are native. There, Lani teaches classes in woolen weaving and felt appliqué. She says that: "By teaching these art forms, I am passing on the knowledge and skills I've learned. Students who learn these skills are then able to create their own dance regalia and hence, my teaching serves to strengthen the traditions of song and dance as well."