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Objects of Importance, Workshop by Melissa Shaginoff, September 8-9th

Melissa Shaginoff is of Athabascan and Paiute descent. She grew up on the southern coast of Alaska in the small fishing town of Kenai. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. After working for a brief time in social work Melissa returned to her creative roots and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the Institute of American Indian Arts and Alaska Native Cultures in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She recently returned from the Sheldon Jackson Museum Native Artist Residency in Sitka, Alaska.


Inspired by the traditional Ahtna, Athabascan Kaggkaggos ts’en zuuł (Swan Wingbone/Drinking Tube) this is a workshop for ages 13 and above to work in small, intergenerational groups. This class will investigate a form of self-portraiture when considering objects that represent and protect our power in a contemporary sense.

This workshop and a similar workshop by Shaginoff at Valdez Museum is sponsored by The CIRI Foundation.

Cost: Free to youth under 18, $25 for 19 and up
Materials to bring: An object the size for your palm
Workshop limit: 12, register below.
Time: TBA


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