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Alaska Native Arts

Tsu héidei shugax̱tootáan, yáa yaa ḵoosgé daakeit, haa jeexʼ a náḵ has kawdikʼéet. — Kichnaalx̱
We will open it again, this box of wisdom, which was left in our hands. — George Davis, Deisheetaan

Visual and Performing Arts, Healthy Languages, and Informed Leadership.

As practicing artists and as learners and teachers of the arts, we seek to understand and imitate the ancient masters. In the arts we study Northwest Coast design, weaving, carving, oral and written literatures, performing arts, songs, dances, and the ways these activities connect to each other, ourselves, and our previous and future generations. Our courses in art include Northwest Coast formline design, carving, weaving, and textiles. Students engaging in Alaska Native Arts will be seeking to develop a strong foundation in art.

Areas of Study

Design & Carving

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Woolen & Bark Weaving

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Literary & Performing Arts

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Creating was key in the culture but it had to be with the foundation of knowledge. The real key is to learn the foundation from the old masters and to expand on that. The art was always moving forward. There was always a progression.

G̱uud San Glans Robert Davidson

Staff & Faculty

Davina Cole

Northwest Coast Arts Program Coordinator

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Liz Zacher, M.F.A.

Liz Zacher, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Art

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