Tumbl-friends, it’s been fun—but other projects call my name, and quite loudly. Some of them are still Alaska/Northern related—you can follow along with what I’m up to at loshbaugh.com.
Unknown Tlingit artist
Berry Basket with Mask and Salmon, 1880
Rattletop Basket with Geometric Motif, c.1900
From Mayberry Fine Art:
Members of the Tlingit Nation still create superb baskets of outstanding workmanship and in the dramatic ornamentation used in their creation. Their baskets most often have plain woven bottoms and are particularly known for their wonderfully thin walls. As the walls of the basket were built up they wove in bands of various colours so that the colour was visible on both the inside and outside of the basket. Decorative patterns frequently suggested natural subjects with which they were familiar on a daily basis.
Tlingit basket weavers created their designs by using a technique called false embroidery, or imbrication, in which a strand of decorative material is wrapped around the outside of the exposed weft and in this way can not be seen on the inside of the basket. Some exceptional basketry is made with split spruce root and decorated with dyed grasses or bark. They may also be left in their natural light colour.
The women were ingenious in discovering new ways to obtain dyes from natural sources. Mud boiled in salt water and hemlock bark, or boiled iron scrapings or huckleberry juice create a black or dark brown dye. Alder bark steeped in urine, or boiled leaves and stems of the nettle plant produces red; Boiling brings out a yellow from Lichen, and hemlock bark boiled with oxidized copper produces blue-green.
Do have shoes you want to cut up and abuse? No? Then go home, you’re not ready for Alaska. Or head to the Mountain Shop in town… little easier. I should say, when I venture off on my own - I tend to get myself into situations that would lead to me damaging more shoes than a normal person would. So if you are unlike me and do not climb things you shouldn’t or jump places that are too far - you’re shoes will be okay.
Right off the side of town, a literal ten minute excursion will take you to the rocky view of the ocean that is, Yakutania Point. It’s very accessible and hosts a few picnic sites nearby. It’s a perfect spot to bring a snack and book or just kick back, relax and look at the water. Honestly one of my favorite spots I’ve ever been.
I really miss Alaska. Specifically Skagway, because the whole town resembles a scene from the climax of a murder mystery.
Forage for your salad, people of Sitka, along with native chef Rob Kineen.
“… it’s all about protecting Alaska’s food supply and the health, culture, and traditions of Alaskans themselves.”
Via National Geographic
I love me some goosetongue. :)
"Deer Hearts" (Tongass National Rainforest in Ketchikan, Alaska)