Unique Alaskan Gifts and Art


Alaska Native Crafts and Art are best exemplified at The Alaska Native Heritage Center with collections showcasing all of the indigenous cultures in Alaska.  There are native baskets, tools, watercraft, clothing, pieces of art, drums and more.  See these Items on display in the Hall of Cultures when you visit Anchorage, Alaska. We are also pleased to introduce various local native artists which offer original native art, crafts and unique gifts.


Alaska Native Crafts and Gifts by Shirley Jimerson

    Welcome to my Alaska Native Crafts. My name is Shirley David-Jimerson, Upper Tanana Athabascan of the Naltsiin clan. I am originally from the village of Tetlin, Alaska. My late mother, Helen C. David (granddaughter of Chief Thomas) was originally from Wood River.     My great grandfather Charlie David was the original Upper Tanana tribal member and the son of Chief David of Tetlin. As a young girl I learned to bead as most young Athabascan girls did. I grew up in a traditional way living off the land, traveling camp to camp. We are a hunting and gathering tribe. We as a family traveled the four seasons to winter, spring, summer and fall camps. I am very proud of my heritage and culture.

    My work is the traditional beading style, each done individually by hand, making it a one-of-a-kind item. Therefore the beaded items (gloves, moccasins, and jewelry) will take time to make and send. I am a Silver Hand Artist.
 I am also a storyteller, writer, beader, tradition bearer and teacher of my language at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. I have worked regularly in teaching my culture to youngsters for more than 20 years.



   Bead Work     Jewelry and Crafts     Quilts



Native beading on gloves and clothing

Bead Work



Jewelry, crafts and gifts
and Crafts




Quilts and Art
Quilt Work




Links of Interest:

Alaska State Council on the Arts Silver Hand program

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