Indigenous Holiday Market back after four year hiatus

    All photos credit to Jasz Garrett/KINY

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Tlingit & Haida is holding an Indigenous Holiday Market through the weekend.

    The Indigenous Holiday market is located at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.

    Jamie Cowan, Tlingit & Haida's Business and Economic Development manager said what to expect from the market.

    "This is the first time we've had our Indigenous market since 2018. So a lot of the vendors are really happy to be back in action. They've been making tons of products. Hopefully, next year is even bigger and better. We'll be here Saturday and Sunday, 12 to five."

    The Indigenous Holiday market is free to enter.

    Below: Cowan said they are doing prize drawings every day, which are also free to enter.

    Cowan said there are about a dozen vendors.

    "We have lots of earrings some with fur, some metal, some gems. We have some nice Kuspuks. We actually have Chloey Kavanaugh. So some shirts going on, some beanies. Just a little variety of different Indigenous arts around here. We have our Tlingit and Haida merch, so we have some engraved hydro flasks. We have Smokehouse Catering here all weekend, giving us some great lunch items, like the Italian beach, and French dips."

    Sharlene Hughes talked about her beadwork earrings.

    "I do a lot of beadwork. Something that inspires me is the forget-me-nots, hearts, and butterflies. I've been doing them for a long time, 30 years. I look for contrast to make things stand out. My sister was living with me way back then and she was making earrings. And I thought to myself, I'll never wear them because they're too big, too long, too bulky. Then one day she made me my favorite purple ones and put them on. I said I can wear these. I lost one, I ran around and followed her, saying please make one. She stopped me in my tracks and said you learn how to make your own."

    Above: Hughes Christmas-themed poinsettia earrings at the holiday market. Below: Lupine Leather & Bead Co. jewelry.

    Above: Tlingit Aesthetics table of stickers, prints, and other designs. Below: Kupsuks by AK Fashion.

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