Holly Churchill

Holly Churchill is an accomplished weaver in Haida basketry. Born and raised in Ketchikan, Holly grew up in an atmosphere focusing on her Haida culture. As young girl, she heard the Haida language spoken daily, gathered cedar bark and spruce roots for weaving, harvested medicinal plants and prepared traditional foods. Her grandmother, Selina Peratrovich, taught Holly to harvest and prepare weaving materials. Her mother, master weaver Delores Churchill, taught Holly to weave.

Holly’s basketry reflects this continual flow of information and her insatiable need to discover all the possibilities of the Haida basketry tradition while ensuring the art is not lost. She continues to teach both adult and children’s classes on weaving, design, and materials gathering and preparation throughout Alaska and the Northwest. Her work has been included in exhibitions and in collections throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Seattle Art Museum, the Alaska State Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, the Tongass Historical Museum, and the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. In 2015 Holly joined the Alaska State Council on the Arts State Teaching Artist Roster and is sharing her cultural traditions and weaving skills in schools throughout Alaska.
Woman's Work Basket
Woman's Work Basket by Holly Churchill
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