Delores Churchill

1048 Woodland Ave.
, AK 99901


Delores Churchill is an eminent Haida weaver who is an expert in gathering and preparing materials for cedar bark, spruce root, and Chilkat weaving. She learned much of the art from Selina Peratrovich, her mother and a respected weaver, establishing herself as an expert in the field.

Her artistic influence and knowledge of the art stretches around the globe. Delores has taught basketry and exhibited her works in numerous places, such as Canada, Hawaii, Germany, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She has also worked as a researcher and consultant, helping curators identify works in museum collections.

Churchill has been honored for her role in Haida basket weaving and perpetuation of the Native arts including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Alaska Southeast, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Artist residency, an award by the Alaska State Council on the Arts travel grant, a fellowship to study Haida basketry in London and Canada, and a Sealaska Heritage foundation study grant. In 2014 the film “Tracing Roots” featured Churchill in her journey to understand the origins of a spruce root hat found in a retreating glacier.

After years of study and teaching, Churchill now witnesses the continuation of her art and culture through artists who have learned from her. “They are keeping this art alive so it continues long after I’m gone and no one remembers my name. It belongs to all of us.”

Traditional Arts, Visual Arts

Fiber, Northwest Coast

Cedar Bark, Ravenstail, Chilkat, Spruce Root weaving