On June 28, the Portland Art Museum (PAM) hosted a closing celebration for Interwoven Radiance, part of the Center for Contemporary Native Art. The exhibition, organized by 2018 NACF Mentor Artist Fellow, Lily Hope (Tlingit), featured weavers of the Northwest Coast.
The cultural practice of Ravenstail and Chilkat weaving originated among the Tsimshian, and was retained by traditional Tlingit and Haida weavers in Alaska. Ravenstail, the predecessor to the Chilkat weaving tradition was named for the resemblance it bore to the tail feathers of a raven.1 It is more minimalistic with black-and-white geometric designs. In contrast, Chilkat robes combine imagery from nature with “formline” motifs common throughout Northwest Coast traditional art.