A Visit to the Burke
Lily and I were fortunate enough to visit the Burke Museum in Seattle, Washington in place of our mother, whom was awarded a research grant from the Bill Holm Center before her passing.
We also offered to demonstrate weaving Ravenstail and Chilkat on two separate days, and gave two lectures on basic history and current practices of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast textile weaving.
The staff at the Bill Holm Center was amazing to work with during our visit — Haliehana Stepetin (Unangax) and Justin McCarthy (Yup’ik & Tlingit) assisted us in viewing anything in the [massive] collections that our hearts desired, shared findings and speculations from other artists and anthropologists that had visited before us, and inspired us in new ways with their own creative thought-processes and personalities. We shared long conversations and drives with Katie Bunn-Marcuse (Center Director) and Bridget Johnson (Assistant Director), who were mainly tasked with organizing our stay and making us welcome… but I think we were having much more fun with them than either of us had anticipated.
Helen Carlson and John Nicholson from The Legacy Ltd gallery picked us up from the airport and shuttled us around during our brief 4-day trip. I sure hope it’s not the last time we get to see them.
The entire experience was exhilarating… from visiting with the works of our ancestors to eating delicious Pho in the University District, being tended to by an generous crew of individuals to being humbled by the amount of knowledge we’ll never grow to old enough to learn… I am filled with immense gratitude and everlasting inspiration.