elaine etukeok

IClarissa Hudson demonstrates Chilkat spinning techniques to children at the Smithsonian's NMAI Museum show of "Listening to Our Ancestors" Exhibit, November 2006

Agnes Bellinger and Elaine Etukeok at the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego, California - November 2005

Tlingit Chief, dancer and native dance regalia maker Harry K. Bremner, Sr. and Clarissa Hudson at the Yakutat, Alaska airport in 1975 In 2001, Clarissa Rizal weaves a Raven Chilkat robe for Anne Gould-Hauberg (co-founder of the Pilchuck School of Glass in Washington State).




July 8, 1934 - September 23, 2008

Elaine was a Chilkat weaving student during a class I taught in Juneau in 2000. She and her neice, Pam Credo-Hayes sat side-by-side as they learned the intricacies of Chilkat weaving. She always had a patient, happy attitude with weaving, something that is a real benefit for all of us weavers - beginners and advanced weavers alike! Elaine was one of my first beginner weaving students who smiled even through the most difficult techniques while learning Chilkat. Unbeknownst to Elaine, her character inspired me - I practiced being more calm and patient...and happy.


Elaine is the mother of drum-maker Beckie Etukeok who was a middle-school friend back in the 60s - little did I know that they were related to me, the same clan: T'akDeinTaan Black-legged Kittiwake, from Hoonah's Glacier Bay.

Elaine Etukeok was born in 1934 in Juneau, Alaska. She is Raven of the Black-legged Kittiwake (T’akDeinTaan) Clan and she is Raven from the Raven Nest House in Hoonah.

She graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School and married Robert Etukeok. She worked at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Social Services, then transferred to Anchorage Office of Enrollment in 1969.

She loved cedar b ark weaving, Chilkat weaving and Raven’s tail weaving. She also loved Yupik-style weavings and many other types of weaving. She loved family and traveled to many states to see us all.

Elaine was a spiritual being accepting others beliefs and world views. She participated in Sundance four times in the Southwest. Many people said she had a graceful and peaceful presence.

Elaine was preceded by her father John Eldemar, Sr., mother Anne Eldemar, siblings: John Eldemar, Jr., Elsie Credo, David Eldemar, Fred Harris, son-in-law Mark Johnson, and grand-daughter Elizabeth Johnson.

Elaine is survived by daughter Beckie, grandchildren Erik and Shoshonna Johnson, sisters Dora Queral and Lucretia Eldemar, brother Daniel Eldemar, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Elaine was a member of the Russian Orthodox Choir in Anchorage, Alaska.

She was a member of the Tlingit and Haida Dancers of Anchorage for many years. She was also considered a member of the Eagle Raven Dancers of Juneau and an ANS member.



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