Traditional Alaska Native mask.

Our People Speak: From Winter Traps to Cozy Hats – Traditional Skin Sewing

Wintertime continues to be a time for sewing in Alaska. Lots of time spent inside offers the perfect opportunity to focus on sewing. Sewing is an important part of Alaska Natives culture because it involves, not only the practical need for clothing, but also functions as a way to make gifts or honor those who have passed. Denise shares her memories of learning how to sew as she grew up and how she and her family are now a part of every step needed to create these garments. They trap the furs, tan the hides, and sew the skins. She is actively passing on this tradition and hopes younger generations will hear the call and pick up a needle as well, so they can connect with their culture. To view “From Winter Traps to Cozy Hats: Traditional Skin Sewing” visit www.morristhompsoncenter.org/past-online-events.

This program is the November episode in Denakkanaaga’s Our People Speak series, which focuses on seasonal Alaska Native cultural topics. Please join us every second Friday of the month for discussions of a new topic by esteemed guest speakers. This program and series are proudly brought to you by the partnership between Denakkanaaga, Tanana Chiefs Conference, and the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. Please visit the “Events” tab on the Morris Thompson Center website to view upcoming and past programs and to sign up for updates about future cultural programs. For more information about this series and other programs hosted by Denakkanaaga, please visit www.denakkanaaga.org