Published on November 10, 2012 by Amy
Delores E. Churchill is a Native American artist of Haida descent. She is a renowned weaver of baskets, hats, robes, and other regalia.
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Churchill was born in Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada. She first studied traditional Haida weaving with her mother, Selina Peratrovich, who is also a nationally recognized master weaver. She went on to study traditional Tsimshian weaving from masters Flora Matthew and Brenda White. After retiring from a bookkeeping career and raising her family, Churchill turned her attention back to basketry at a time when Haida basket weaving was in serious decline as an art form among younger members of the tribe.
Churchill is known for her utilitarian and ceremonial objects that often use spruce root, cedar bark, wool, and natural dyes. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Heritage Fellowship Award bestowed upon her by the National Endowment for the Arts. Some of her artwork is displayed at the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan, Alaska, where she has also taught courses in basketry.