Arts and Culture

May 2018: Yakutat Alaska

May 2017:

Our treasured addition of my two brothers carvings:

1) Center killerwhale is yellow cedar
inlaid with abalone and ivory was carved by my bother Master Carver Fred Bemis in 1996, and

2) Outside two carvings of  the lovebirds, left: eagle, right: raven,
were carved by my other brother John Dale Firestack in 1994..

May 2015:

Our Alaska Hometown Adventure
in Yakutat...

We stopped by to visit Master Carver brother Fred
to view this tremendous totem pole soon be erected at the Senior Center area.

April 24, 2013: 

Canoe paddlers departure 
(including paddlers from our hometown of  Yakutat, Alaska in the blue Sealaska canoe) 
departing Juneau heading to Wrangell, Alaska
for the Shakes Island Tribal House rededication ceremony on May 9, 2013...

[Photographs courtesy of brother Kevin 
on a very, very rainy day]

Cousin Darin...

February 25, 2013:

I'm delighted my cousin in Sitka, Alaska
recently came upon (my brother's)
Master Carver Fred Bemis'
earlier killer whale carving when she was at
a garage sale, which she shared with me:

Killer Whale
February 24, 2013:

My two brother's intricate Tlingit artwork
that I lovingly own:

Killer Whale

This and the following
are a set of Lovebirds
(Featured here
is the Eagle)...

(And, featured here
is the Raven)...
February 5, 2013:

Yakutat, Alaska...

Brother Fred Bemis, Master Carver,
created this spectacular moose antler and abalone
hairpiece worn by his wife Deb...
Son and Master Carver, Fred Bemis (far right)
presented this family crest paddle to my Mother for her 80th Birthday.
Also in the photograph are from left to right:
Brother Kevin, cousin James,
and niece Layla holding my pup Lil' Miss Chelsey...
We stopped by to visit with brother
Master Carver - Fred Bemis - at his shop,
although he wasn't working so we took it upon ourselves to
check out his latest carving project in progress...

Lo and behold,
an amazing canoe...

Cedar logs
stored for carving...

His new green dome...

February 2, 2013: 

Yakutat, Alaska Mount Saint Elias Tlingit Dancer's
special performance 
during Mother's 80th Birthday Family Reunion...

Nieces Layla and Abby 
Grand entrance song...

Cousin JP...

Niece Lydia...
Cousin James proudly dancing
introducing Mom's newly carved traditional Tlingit
paddle in this performance
that was previously presented this evening to her
by son Fred..
Cousin Darin dancing
following James
with the other paddle Fred carved...

This traditional bowl was placed in front of Mom
and a new song was reverently
provided to both of them... 

Before the exit dance,
Mom surprisingly stood up and providing an impromptu speech
explaining how thankful she is for our traditions
and the wonderful performance by the Mount Saint Elias Dancers tonight,
for standing together and loving one another,
and for the love and respect we all share as a community
(You could "hear a pin drop"!!)...

The exit dance...

This emotional dance performance
was nothing short of spectacular.

It is so phenomenal each and every time that it's hard to put
down into words or attempt to provide them their due justice.

This is especially true on this very, very special occasion
where the tender feelings poured out
of each and every dancer
and all of us that were mesmerized
while watching this amazing performance...

[Disclaimer: All regalia and artwork designs presented 
in this and related posts are not to be reproduced]

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