Anna Brown Ehlers
Tlingit Chilkat blanket weaver Anna Brown Ehlers was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. 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 dedicated to passing on traditions, has taught in universities and at Indian youth culture camps and cultural centers, and has trained 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 received the 2006 Alaska Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanities. Additionally, she received the Community Spirit Award, an Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship, and a Cultural Capital Fellowship, all from the First Peoples Fund.