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Sewing Salmon videos

The Sewing Salmon project was hosted by the Smithsonian Institution’s Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum in Alaska and brought together three contemporary Alaska Native artists: Audrey Armstrong (Koyukon Athabascan), Coral Chernoff (Sugpiaq) and Marlene Nielsen (Yup'ik). Together they learned and taught about creating work from salmon skin through studying historic museum objects and through sharing and comparing techniques they developed. Each artist has a commitment to this almost-lost art and shared their knowledge with students and visitors, and with curators and conservators who care for museum collections. The video set presented here introduces the artists and their techniques. Links to a selection of Alaska Native objects from the Smithsonian collections made from salmon skin are included below.

Tags: Alaska, Native art, museum, education, Indigenous, sew, salmon, fish skin, Athabascan, Sugpiaq, Alutiiq, Yup'ik, Iñupiaq, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center in Alaska

Hand-tanning salmon skin

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Sewing Salmon 1 (of 10): Introduction

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Sewing Salmon 2 (of 10): Audrey Armstrong's Method

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Sewing Salmon 3 (of 10): Coral Chernoff's Method

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Sewing Salmon 4 (of 10): Marlene Nielsen's Method

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Sewing Salmon 5 (of 10): Stitching Salmon Skin

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Sewing Salmon 6 (of 10): Learning from Native Artists

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Sewing Salmon 7 (of 10): Answers from the Artists

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Sewing Salmon 8 (of 10): Meet Audrey Armstrong

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Sewing Salmon 9 (of 10): Meet Coral Chernoff

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Sewing Salmon 10 (of 10): Meet Marlene Nielsen

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Bag

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Waterproof mittens

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Bag

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Waterproof mittens

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.