Weaving

In addition to totem carving, the Northwest Coast Alaska Natives are known for a special weaving technique that allows the weaver to create perfect circles. These unique Chilkat blankets and robes, coven of cedar bark and mountain goat wool, are part of the regalia worn at potlatches and other festivals and ceremonial gatherings.

Basketry is an ancient art that is still flourishing today. The small, very finely woven baskets of the Unangax̂, Alutiiq, and Yup’ik peoples are highly prized by collectors. They are traditionally made of rye grass, a resource found in abundance in the Aleutians and Southeast Alaska.

Larger baskets, made of birch bark or willow root, illustrate Athabascan and Yup’ik basket weaving techniques.