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, the late Selina Peratrovich renowned weaver, 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. Holly has traveled to New Zealand to meet with the Maori community of weavers to compare basketry design, weaving techniques and language with that of the Haida nation. She has demonstrated Haida basketry at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the Mall in Washington, D.C.

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.

She continues to teach both adult and children’s classes on weaving, design, and materials gathering and preparation at the Ketchikan Totem Heritage Center, throughout Alaska and the Northwest. In 2015, Holly joined the Alaska State Council on the Arts State Teaching Artist Roster and is sharing her cultural traditions and weaving skills participating in residency programs in Alaskan schools.

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