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Israel Shotridge© "Raven’s Journey" NW Native Woven Cotton Throw Blanket
This fringed cotton throw blanket is woven with an intricate design by Native Northwest Artist Israel Shotridge. The “Raven” represents one of the most important of all creatures to the Native people of the Northwest Coast. It was the Raven - The Trickster - who created the world. Raven has the power to transform both him and other beings
About the Artist:
Israel Shotridge is one of Alaska's finest Tlingit carvers. He is from Ketchikan, Alaska in the heart of the Tongass National Forest which was named after his tribal ancestors; the Tongass Tribe (Taantakwaan), the Sea Lion people. Israel is a member of the Bear Clan, the "Teikweidee." Israel's Tlingit name, Kinstaadaal, means "The Bear That's Standing Up." For almost 30 years, Israel has accomplished many significant works of art. Most noted are the many replicated monumental tribal totem poles located throughout Southeast Alaska.
As an Alaskan Native Artist, Israel brings to his work the pride and sensitivity of his Indian heritage. Preserving the art of traditional Tlingit carving has been a natural for Israel. The sophisticated beautify of the Tlingit designs are highly regarded in the art world and his fine work is faithful to those traditional natural images. "Sharing my cultural knowledge with my patrons as well as with tribal members and teaching the art of Tlingit carving to upcoming Native carvers brings much purpose to my life. Leaving a legacy of work behind for the next generation to be inspired by is a life time goal that I strive to accomplish."