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This is national native news. I'm Antonio Gonzales. Chilcott weaving is a traditional practice by indigenous people in the North West Coast. The intricate design often represents a woven documenting history and clan migration in Juneau Alaska one weaver wanted to create a work of art to reflect the covid nineteen pandemic. Kt lowes Elizabeth Jenkins House. More Lily. Hope is a weaver. And she's been busy creating a commission. Chilcott blanket a process which can take upwards of two years but recently she made something else on a much tighter deadline at home after she learned about an opportunity to create art about. What's going on right now. In early April First American art magazine sent a call out for indigenous artists to create masks similar to the ones worn to prevent the spread of covert nineteen. It was so intense to it on my floor with my children around me. Her piece is called chill cat protector. It's made for Merino Wool. And Cedar Bark Warp to ermine tails graze the cheeks. The mask covers the nose and the mouth in their place are the distinct ovoid shape of the chill cat face and expression. That's confident and reassuring. The isn't something to be worn in the grocery store. It's a work of art. Reflective of survival hopes says it also represents foundational thinking to clink it Haida and Simpson people and really like my aunt said at the best that the musk's Serbs to record that we took care of each other during this time the pieces received an enthusiastic response online and hope received a judge's choice award from first American art magazine and while she was happy her mask was recognized in the exhibition. She thinks the art world still has a ways to go until it fully accepts. Chilcott WEAVING INTO THE FOLD. A carved mask wins over the beadwork over the quilt work over. The weaving And I I love I American art for putting it into the world but I'm like that is the constant conversation. Men's work is fine art and recognized. As Best of show and women's work is still hustling to catch up but chill cat. Protectors seems to be changing that. The Burke Museum in Seattle recently acquired it and hope says for the first time in her career. She's created a commission calendar for other museums which have shown interest in her weaving another covid nineteen inspired mask. I'm Elizabeth Jenkins virtual. Art Classes were recently held as a therapeutic tool to help people cope with emotions during covid nineteen the interactive series featured native artists combining creativity and company to help promote wellness China. Lock it has more about the virtual class about a dozen people from across the state tune into a video chat as Michael. Triples gives instructions. Everybody's a grounded objects from their house. It could be anything salt Shaker. An apple he asks everyone to draw an object with whatever medium. They have pencil pen CRAN's and he joins in after fifteen minutes to both sets down his tools and asks doing this. Prompt is what makes the class unique. It's not about learning to draw. It's about bringing people together and doing something fun and relaxing during the pandemic goal. Nassau Shakily facilitates the class. She read off some answers from participants feeling accomplished. Thank you. I'll shake. You works with the Racing Magpie Art Gallery. She also works with South Dakota's branch of the National Alliance on mental health or Nami. It's an organization that provides education and support to people with mental illness. Creating whether it's writing or drawing or painting is an opportunity to tap into oneself and to be able to do that safely because you have control like you have your foot on the gas and the brake and you can decide how deep you want to go when you need to pull back. How you want to engage. Especially if workshops are being facilitated safely unconsciously. I'm trying to lock it in rapid city and I.