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Lily Hope, B.L.A.

Lily Hope, B.L.A. (she/her)

Assistant Professor, Northwest Coast Studio Arts

Arts and Sciences — Humanities


BLA, Communications & Theatre, UAS , Juneau
Arts & Business Leadership Certificate, IAIA, Santa Fe

Research Interests

Northwest Coast Textile Arts, Wool, button & Bead Regalia, Indigenous Performing Arts

Professional Affiliations

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation SHIFT Awardee and Mentor Artist Fellow, Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award Recipient, Alaska State Council on the Arts Mentor Artist Fellowship, Sealaska Heritage Foundation Juried Art Show Winner and inaugural 2020 Virtual Artist in Residence.

Courses Taught

Fiber Spinning, Natural Dye, Career Development for the Artist, and all levels of Chilkat Ceremonial Regalia-making (independently).


Lily Hope / Wooshkindein Da.Aat

Lily Hope (Tlingit; b. 1980; Alaska) is of the Raven moiety, belonging to her grandmother’s clan, the T’akdeintaan. She learned Ravenstail weaving from her mother, master weaver Clarissa Rizal, and artist Kay Field Parker. She apprenticed for over a decade in Chilkat weaving with Rizal who, until her untimely passing in 2016, was one of the last living apprentices of the late master Chilkat weaver Jennie Thlunaut. Hope endeavors to leave honorable weavers in her place.

Hope is one of few living designers of ceremonial dancing blankets, flowing garments created and worn by Northern Northwest Coast Alaska Native peoples. She teaches both finger-twined styles extensively in person (and virtually since COVID-19) in the Yukon Territory, down the coast of Southeast Alaska, and in Washington and Oregon. She demonstrates internationally and offers lectures on the spiritual commitments of being a weaver.

Hope constantly looks for ways to collaborate with other artists, often spearheading multi-community projects or managing huge campaigns, like the Giving Strength robe for AWARE: a domestic violence shelter, and the PRIDE Robe woven with LGBTQIA+ youth at Zach Gordon Youth Center in Juneau, AK. Her work can be found in numerous museum collections, including the Portland Art Museum, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Museum Nature and Man (Germany), The Eiteljorg, The Burke, Sealaska Heritage Institute, and the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery.

Lily lives in sunny Douglas, AK with her five children.

Office Hours

Mondays and Fridays 11 AM to 1 PM

Lily Hope, B.L.A.

Assistant Professor, Northwest Coast Studio Arts

Arts and Sciences — Humanities

Lily Hope, B.L.A.