Two Alaska Native artists bring new color to the Anchorage streetscape This summer, Anchorage visitors can seek out two new public murals created by forerunners in Alaska Native art. The first is located on G Street on the east side of the RIM Architecture building and was painted by Crystal Worl, a Tlingit, Athabaskan, Yup’ik, and Filipino artist based in Juneau. Worl has emerged as a prominent Alaskan artist whose work is featured in public spaces in Juneau and has appeared as a Doodle on Google’s homepage. Her new mural, completed in August 2022, honors several Alaska Native groups and highlights Anchorage as a cultural gathering place. The second mural graces the The Kobuk building on the corner of 5th Avenue and E Street. Painted by Yup’ik and Inupiaq artist Drew Michael, its vivid colors recreate a mask he carved in 2019 and celebrate the rich cultural traditions of the…
Yaadachoon is a 20-foot aluminum sculpture of a traditional Tlingit canoe that was installed in downtown Juneau in late 2021.
Vera Starbard is a storyteller with Tlingit and Dena’ina Athabascan heritage. She is a playwright-in-residence at Perseverance Theatre.
Alaskans are bringing back a tool used by southeast Alaska Natives to catch halibut: the wooden halibut hook.
Alyssa London was the first person of Tlingit descent to be crowned Miss Alaska USA and went on to found a media production company.
Researchers used modern archeological techniques to discover the exact location of Tlingit fort Shís’gi Noow (Sapling Fort), the site of an important battle.
Chilkat blanket weaving is an important part of northwest coast culture. The stylized designs broadcast the wearer’s kin-group and social identity.
Native Alaskans revere their past, present, future.
[by Steve Quin]
A treasure to its denizens, human and otherwise
[by Kerrie Flanagan]