1. Everything was Carved


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    • Tlingit Wood Carving book series


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      Learn the ancient Tlingit tradition of wood carving with artist Richard A. Beasley. This three-volume series by Sealaska Heritage Institute includes "How to carve a Tlingit tray", "How to carve a Tlingit hat", and "How to carve a Tlingit mask". You'll also learn how to make paint and paintbrushes and how to inlay abalone and opercula into wood. Learn techniques used for millennia by some of the world's most accomplished artists--the Tlingit of Southeast Alaska. Funded through a grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA).

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      • Day 1: Formline Workshop with Steve Brown


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        Watch a two-day workshop on the ancient formline designs created by Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian artists of Southeast Alaska. Class taught by formline expert Steve Brown. Sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute.

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        • Helijet "Northern operations" video


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          This is a video we produced for Helijet highlighting the flight path of a Sikorsky helicopter from Masset B.C. to Langara Island.

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          • Excerpt of the 1971 raising of the World's Largest Totem Pole in Kake, Alaska


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            An excerpt from a 30-minute video on the “Tallest Totem Pole in the World”, which was raised in Kake, Alaska in 1971. From Sealaska Heritage Institute documentation: In 1926, an overzealous missionary convinced the tribal leaders in Kake that their village totem poles were pagan objects that should be destroyed. The decision came hard but the villagers put their totems to the torch. Years later another and more experienced missionary agreed that totems were not pagan, that the decision of ’26 was wrong. For 41 years nothing happened, then it was suggested a new totem be carved. While financing was arranged, it was agreed that the pole would be displayed at Expo ’70 in Japan. It proved to be the hit of the show. By mid-1971, the Kake totem was home, but horizontal. Since the totem represented all existing clans in both major tribes, Haida and Tlingit, a statewide potlatch for all peoples was set up for the erection ceremony. On October 1, 1971, eight hundred visitors witnessed the raising of the World’s Tallest Authentic Totem. The dancing and singing during the following days let the world know that a 45-year-old mistake had finally been rectified and that Kake again had a village totem. Excerpt shows part of the opening ceremony, which was hosted by Tommy C. Jackson, and the first guest speaker, Elder Johnny C. Jackson. Also shows part of the raising plus dancers after the raising. This footage was transferred to digital format in 2010 by Sealaska Heritage Institute. To get more information on the institute’s materials, contact Archivist Zachary Jones at Sealaska Heritage Institute, 907.463.4844 or visit the “collections” section at www.sealaskaheritage.org.

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            • SKY BLANKET


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              The first time my breath was taken away by a piece of art was when weaver Meghann O'Brien pulled out a mountain goat wool robe she had been crafting for 3 years called "Sky Blanket". I was to film her putting the finishing touches on the robe for a movie project I was directing called The Little Things, and watching her spin wool with such mastery and grace was mesmerizing. We joked that if I could, I would film nothing but her weaving day in and day out. Meghann is a cinephile at heart, and appreciates the magic of film. It was the beginning of many "we should film this!" conversations. Finally "Sky Blanket" is finished and we thought a nice way to honour it would be to capture it in its natural environment. In person, you can feel the energy and soul that went into its creation and I wanted to translate that into this film. Meghann is a beautiful spirit inside and out, and I am very grateful for her offering to have me film the robe. It's pure beauty. Directed by: Darcy Turenne Director of Photography: Jason Mannings Featuring: Meghann O'Brien Music: "Window" by The Album Leaf

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              • Eagle totem pole goes up at the University of Alaska Southeast


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                Watch excerpts of this historical event--as people carry the pole to its final designation and raise it. One of the best moments came right after it was set down at the place it would be raised: two eagles flew over the pole, as if they were giving their blessing of the Eagle totem.

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                • Formline: An Evolving Art by Bill Holm


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                  Lecture on formline by Bill Holm. Holm, Professor Emeritus of Art History, and Curator Emeritus of Northwest Coast Indian Art at the Burke Museum, is recognized internationally as one of the most knowledgeable experts in the field of Northwest Coast Native art history. His book, Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form, was a landmark publication when it was first released in 1965 and is a must-have resource for students of formline design. In 2001, he was honored with a certificate of appreciation from the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska through the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

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                  • Jasper Pole Carving 2010/2011


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                    Jaalen and Gwaai Edenshaw carving the Jasper Pole in Masset.

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                    • Walking in Two Worlds Documentary Trailer


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                      Walking in Two Worlds is a 63 minute documentary that explores the human and cultural relationship between Native American tribes and their ancestral land in the Tongass, the largest temperate rainforest on earth. Through their people’s eyes and perspectives, the film reveals what the Tlingit and Haida tribes have experienced from elders’ stories in Southeast Alaska. Despite centuries of foreign invasions and occupation by Europeans, Russians and Americans, the tribes have defended their own civilization and recently negotiated a land claims settlement with the government that has brought them both success and strife amid expropriation of their resources in the forest and restricting access to their customary hunting and fishing areas. Yet Walking in Two Worlds shows the strong spiritual and cultural bond celebrated today in the Tlingit language, dance, music, arts, and potlatch ceremonies within their communities of Southeast Alaska. The film also reveals the splendor and diversity of the majestic Tongass forest with its bears, salmon, eagles, wolves, whales and more. Produced and directed by Bo Boudart, Co-produced by Wanda Culp

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