Photographs that Teri Rofkar discusses in her interview.
Teri Rofkar (Chais' Koowu Tla'a) was a Tlingit weaver and educator from Sitka, Alaska. She was a member of the Tákdeintaan Clan who was renowned for her mastery of Tlingit weaving and basketry. For more than 30 years, she practiced the traditional style of Raven’s Tail weaving and Spruce Root basketry, was a key advocate for Native art, and was particularly known for her efforts to keep the Tlingit artistic legacy alive. She utilized traditional sourcing and processing of materials, but also incorporated contemporary themes, such as global warming, into her work. For many years, she was involved with the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center at the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center, as both a demonstrating artist and a board member. Throughout her career, Teri received many awards, including the Rasmuson Foundation's Distinguished Artist's Award in 2013, the Governor's Award for Alaska Native Art, and in 2006 was named a United States Artist Fellow. She had her pieces shown in exhibits and museums around the world. She passed away in 2016 at the age of 60. For more about Teri Rofkar, see her obituary in the Daily Sitka Sentinal newspaper.