Lois Chichinoff Thadei
County: Thurston County
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Lois Chichinoff Thadei received 2007 GAP Award funding to continue her efforts to preserve the tradition of Aleut weaving. She received a 2007 Cultural Capital Fellowship from the First Peoples Fund to write an Aleut weaving book. The book will contain detailed photos of previous Aleut works paired with diagrams and instruction from professional weavers detailing the skills gained by past masters necessary to create traditional Aleut baskets and mats. Once the book is completed, Lois hopes it will serve as a learning tool to inspire a new generation of Aleut weavers and keep the artistry of Aleut culture alive. The GAP Award funding will cover legal fees to secure copyright and license, as well as pay an illustrator to adapt illustrations to the Aleut weaving style.
Lois’ print Caribou Passing Through was accepted into an upcoming show titled In Transition Russia 2008 in Moscow.