News from the Haida Gwaii: On Friday, August 21, master weaver Kujuuhl (Evelyn Vanderhoop) released her most recent Naaxiin robe in a Coming Out Ceremony at the Haida Gwaii Museum. There it was cut from the loom, then danced by Evelyn and her daughter Carrie Anne Vanderhoop, who assisted Evelyn in her weaving.
The robe’s design was inspired by an old robe, collected on Haida Gwaii by ethnologist James Deans in the 1880’s.
The unique design represents Qingi, the Ruler of the Sea.
The robe will now receive its final fringes and the top will be edged with fur.
It will then be delivered to the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Artist Kujuuhl Evenlyn Vanderhoop will make presentations and demonstrations in the art museum during the following week. Finally, the Naaxin robe will go the American collectors who commissioned the robe.