FAIRBANKS, Alaska - On a small hill surrounded by boggy muskeg in the Tanana River Valley, prehistoric skin scrapers made of schist, polished slate tools and glass beads were uncovered in the last week.
Based on the design of the tools and the way the animals were butchered, it appears to be…
“My cousin Jody Potts made my niece Nazhre, who was our flower girl, a beaded hide dress with porcupine quillwork.
My Great Aunt Adeline Potts made my wedding dress out of white elk hide, with traditional Hän Gwich’in beadwork. She also made a matching pair of beaded wedding slippers.”
- Shyanne Beatty