Master weaver Donna Cranmer is of the ‘Namgis band of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation from Alert Bay, British Columbia. Donna’s Kwak’wala name is Nalaga, which means Daylight Woman. Her great, great, great grandmother Mary Ebbetts-Hunt was a Tlingit woman from Tongass Island, Alaska who was a Chilkat weaver. Donna’s direct family lineage gives her the right to weave Chilkat and to dance these beautiful pieces in potlatches today.
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