Village Boy – Poem

Village Boy – Poem

When my parents, Henry and Claribel Davis both accepted teaching jobs in Juneau in 1970 it was a dramatic shift for a “village boy.” Back then it was culture shock for me. It wasn’t easy. I listened to and took to heart comments about small town...
Tradition of Celebration

Tradition of Celebration

I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the idea of celebration as part of our Tlingit culture, and as of 1982 the Sealaska Celebration has become a biennial tradition, “born of SHI’s Board of Trustees’ desire to celebrate and showcase...
Topsy (Charles Johnson) Poem: Reconstruction

Topsy (Charles Johnson) Poem: Reconstruction

Last time I was in Kake, I read some poems at a community talent show, and I had told my sisters I would read my “Topsy poem” but once I was limited on time so I read shorter works. So here is the poem I didn’t get to read: Reconstruction (For Uncle...
Collaboration: Yours, Mine, Ours

Collaboration: Yours, Mine, Ours

After a day of painting I often see designs when I close my eyes. That’s one way I get ideas for designs, by either looking at other art or by working on my own. ART BEGETS ART. Sometimes people come to me with their ideas; they will have a basic idea of what...
Meaningfulness and Identity

Meaningfulness and Identity

When I create designs and either carve or paint them, I feel a deep connection not only with the art form and its older roots; I also feel connected to a sense of identity. How is this possible? Sometimes my designs bear a resemblance to the old style most of my work...