Kinsie Young

Hydaburg
2023 Project AwardFolk & Traditional Arts

2023 Project Award

Young will weave a traditional Ravenstail child’s robe for her baby sister, completing it in time to be worn and displayed at the 2024 Sealaska Heritage Celebration’s toddler regalia review. This robe, using mountain goat warp and merino wool weft, will be Young’s largest and most complex weaving project to date. She will be able to purchase a loom large enough to weave the child’s robe, which will lead to a deeper understanding and foundation for creating even larger adult robes and aprons.

Young saw her first brightly woven Ravenstail robe at the age of 9. Soon after, her parents gave her a weaving kit with materials and an instructional DVD by Cheryl Samuel, which helped her learn the basics. When she connected with the Ravenstail Weavers Guild to take classes (one with Kay Parker in 2018), she started making double-sided medicine bags, headbands and leggings.

Young teaches basic weaving classes in Hydaburg and Anchorage, and her goal is to share this technically complex and culturally intricate art form with her family members and communities, especially the next generation.

Artwork samples

Top left: “Peaceful Lattice” Ravenstail design medicine bag / mountain goat warp, merino wool and sea otter fur / 4″ / 2022. Center: “Smooth Waves” / Ravenstail design medicine bag / mountain goat warp, merino wool and sea otter fur / 4″ / 2022. Top right: “Lightning Women’s Apron” / Ravenstail design / mountain goat warp, merino wool and sea otter fur / 22 ” x 28″ with fringe / 2022. Bottom: “Shaman Eyes Headband” / Ravenstail design / mountain goat warp, merino wool, sea otter fur / 20″ / 2021