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A Bit of Landscaping

September 24th, 2014 2 Comments

How many of you have lived in the American Southwest?  (Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico?  If you have lived in the SW, then you know all about the mud sticking to the bottom of your feet after a drenching rain!  And how many of you remember when I had a landscaping company in Juneau back […]

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Atlin Music Festival: 2nd Year Weaving Demo

July 15th, 2014 No Comments

Atlin Tlingit Louise Gordon is a co-founding member of the Atlin Music Festival.  This is the second consecutive year she has invited indigenous Ravenstail and Chilkat weavers to demonstrate our traditional weaving styles at the Atlin Music Festival.  Atlin is located in the upper part of British Columbia, Canada, just on the Northeastern side of […]

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3rd Year Attending Adaka Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon

July 5th, 2014 No Comments

What is the Adaka Festival?  And where the heck is Whitehorse, Yukon Territory?  And why does Clarissa just talk about Yukon Territory all the time?

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A Lead Singer In Preston’s Band “Khu.eex”

June 22nd, 2014 No Comments

  Of all the things I have ever aspired to be and do, it’s never been to be a lead singer, or one of the singers in a band!  Though at the request of my friend the glassblower, Preston Singletary, I thought I’d give it a go.  We sing traditional Tlingit songs with the back […]

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We Weavers Met Nearly 25 Years Ago

June 14th, 2014 No Comments

  There was a core group of us weavers, like little more than a handfull who were weaving Chilkat back in the late 80′s; some of those women were Canadian, some were Alaskan — didn’t matter, we were all related somehow!  They included Ernestine Hanlon, Suzi Williams, Anna Brown Ehlers, Irene Jimmy, Ann Smith, Donna […]

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First Canoe Gathering I’ve Attended

June 12th, 2014 No Comments

There have been numerous canoe gatherings along the Northwest Coast for the past 20 years – they started after I moved inland to Colorado.  Since 2007, I began spending part time in my home state of Alaska and part time in Colorado, Yukon and wherever my work takes me.  This June the timing was right […]

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Doggone If She Flipped For A Cat Skan

May 22nd, 2014 No Comments

The assessment after the bike accident (that happened on May 12th) revealed that my front brake system on my bike had gone awry causing the brakes to clamp down on the front tire which hurdled me over the bike, bouncing me on the cement street and hit my head on the curb!  At the urgency […]

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The Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

April 4th, 2014 No Comments

I will learn to take weekends off on a regular basis from creative endeavoring work.  Weekends are a luxury for the self-employed and it’s about time I incorporate this type of luxury, (though in the next two months I have a major deadline to complete the Chilkat robe I am weaving), so I am postponing […]

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Getting Back to Tai Chi

March 31st, 2014 No Comments

On another intense deadline to complete half of a full-size Chilkat robe in 6 weeks is not only daunting, but sounds ridiculous, right?   Like, will I have time to sleep a full night, conduct other business, tend to family, household chores, play with grandchildren, and have a picnic now and then with my Dandan?  Where […]

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An Afternoon In the Blanco Basin

March 18th, 2014 No Comments

I first heard about the beautiful Blanco River Basin from my friend, Nancy Vidal who has lived in Juneau, Alaska for nearly 40 years.  When I moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado 21 years ago, she said her family had a home in the Upper Blanco Basin.  In fact, we met a a few folks who […]

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