Lani Hotch

Investing in our own Collective Spirit

Investing in our own Collective Spirit

Making connections, deepening relationships, the balance of head and heart. Changing from the inside out, one artist at a time to strengthen and grow families and communities across Indian Country with Native art. This theory is at the core of First Peoples Fund’s Strategic Plan for the next three years. As we invest in our own Collective Spirit® to move forward, First Peoples Fund will provide the support communities need to build and realize their own Indigenous arts ecologies — systems of thriving culture and economy based in relationships, values and creative traditions.

Creating New Patterns of Healing

Creating New Patterns of Healing

A member of the Chilkat Indian Village Tribe in Klukwan, Alaska, Lani Hotch (Tlingit) weaves contemporary woolens in the Pacific Northwest tradition. She is a 2011 First Peoples Fund Community Spirit Award honoree, a founding member and on the board of the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center nonprofit organization, and a member of the Ravenstail Weaver’s Guild.

Tlingit artist weaves her vision, and the community responds

Tlingit artist weaves her vision, and the community responds

When people first walk through the Chilkat weaving exhibit in her community’s first Native heritage center, they will be not only educated on her tribe’s history but moved by the importance of weaving throughout the generations.