This award was generously supported by the Rasmuson Foundation. _
Anna Brown Ehlers is a Chilkat blanket weaver. Her textiles are hand-woven cedar bark and wool pieces that incorporate totemic clan designs and range from dance leggings, bibs, and vests to full-size blankets. In addition to using traditional cedar bark and wool, Ehlers experiments with silk and gold. She is also dedicated to passing on the traditions and has taught in universities and at Indian youth culture camps and cultural centers, as well as training numerous apprentices. She has demonstrated weaving at museums around the world and currently makes a living exhibiting her craft on cruise ships around Alaska. She has received the Community Spirit Award, an Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship, and a Cultural Capital Fellowship, all from the First Peoples Fund.
Portrait copyright John Hyde, Wild Things Photography.
Portrait copyright John Hyde, Wild Things Photography