Hosted by Washington State Historical Society.
Meet artist Lily Hope (Tlingit) as she describes the creation and inspiration for Chilkat Protector. This piece is not only featured in this year’s exhibition, but has also received international attention and appeared in publications like First American Art Magazine as a poignant reflection of the Indigenous experience during a global pandemic.
Hope’s work Little Watchman Chilkat Weaving Ensemble won a People’s Choice, 2nd Place award in the 2019 IN THE SPIRIT exhibition.
From Lily’s artist statement:
“Our Chilkat robes woven on the Northwest Coast of Alaska have been worn in ceremony for hundreds of years. For memorials, for naming ceremonies, for celebrations. Our dancing robes record history, chart clan migration and tell stories. Chilkat Protector is recording our history NOW. Telling our story NOW. Charting our future NOW. Bringing past to present.”