Aug 072014

Lisa Hageman Yahgulanaas weaving a Raven’s Tail Robe at the Haida Gwaii Museum, 2014 Photo: Kelsey Pelton Copyright Haida Gwaii Museum

The Haida Heritage Centre and the Haida Gwaii Museum will hold a special celebration on Saturday, August 16, 2014, to mark the sixth anniversary of the grand opening of the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate. The Centre, called “Kay” locally, will host a clan parade with family fun and cultural celebrations, including storytelling and dance performances.

Haida weaver Lisa Hageman is creating a robe in the Raven’s Tail style in the museum, until August 14, 2014. The motif visible in the photograph of the artist above is the “Longhouse design”, a celebration of the concept of collective community spirit.

May 152014

Anisalaga (Mary Ebbets Hunt), Chilkat Blanket, 1880’s, at the U’mista Cultural Centre Photo: Marina Dodis

In the nineteenth century Anisalaga, aka Mary Ebbets, the daughter of a Tlingit chief met and married Hudson’s Bay trader Robert Hunt, and settled in Kwakwaka’wakw territory at Fort Rupert BC. She brought with her the tradition and rights to weave “Chilkat” blankets. Anisalaga wove thirteen blankets during her life, most as legacy gifts for her thirteen children. Her descendants include many of the best-known Kwakwaka’wakw artists.

In the summer of 2013 an event was held in Fort Rupert to commemorate her memory. The program included a display of artifacts related to Anisalaga’s life, a feast and a public discussion among her descendants about her importance to them. A film of this event was created by artist Corrine Hunt.

February 2014: When an Ottawa curator noticed that a Anisalaga blanket was coming up for auction in Paris, one which had been photographed by Edward Curtis in the early twentieth century, the U’mista Centre was immediately informed. The Paris auction, however, was the next day. Fortunately, the blanket remained unsold at auction. Afterwards money was hurriedly raised by the Centre to purchase it from its American owner.

In March 2014, an event at the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay BC celebrated the acquisition and return of that long-lost Paris Chilkat blanket woven by Anisalaga. The welcoming event can be viewed in a short Vimeo film at:

April 2014: With assistance from the Bill Holm Center at the Burke Museum in Seattle, a group from the U’mista Centre visited the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. Two Chilkat blankets by Anisalaga are in that collection. Details of one of the blankets can be seen at:

Nov 052012
 Basket woven from English Ivy

Todd Devries, Basket woven from English Ivy

The City of Vancouver has appointed Todd Devries (ith kil gaa), Haida/Russian weaver, as weaver in a Parks program, until 2015. Based at MacLean Park Field House, he and Sharon Kallis will be “local artist-weavers and together with ecologists will explore the creative re-purposing of green waste. In this Urban Weaver Project, invasive species are substituted for traditional weaving materials that are difficult to harvest sustainably in the city.”

More about weaving with ivy at Devries’ website:

Jan 092012
Haida weaver Lisa Hageman Yahgulanaas describes Raven's Tail Weaving

Haida weaver Lisa Hageman Yahgulanaas describes Raven's Tail Weaving

The Canada Council for the Arts has awarded Haida weaver Lisa Hageman Yahgulanaas an artist residency at the International Residencies Program in the Visual Arts. The residency, located at La Cite Internationale des Arts in the heart of Paris France, began this January and runs until April 2012. Ms Hageman Yahgulanaas was awarded the residency to begin weaving a Raven’s Tail Chief’s Robe. The robe will be influenced by the patterns of Paris and interwoven with ancestral patterns, she said.

For a quick explanation of her weaving filmed in August in Santa Fe, see

For more about Canada Council grants for aboriginal artists, see

Nov 012011
Artist Primrose Adams

Artist Primrose Adams

Primrose Adams, a Haida weaver from Massett BC, was named the recipient of the 2011 Creative Lifetime Achievement Award for First Nations Art, a prestigious award given to an artist who has had a profound impact on the community and First Nations culture. Adams has been recognized both locally and internationally for practicing the art of spruce root basket weaving.