Southeast Alaska Native Giftbox
We call this product the, "Native Giftbox because of the common practice of exchanging gifts traditionally during a Potlatch. Today, people still frequently give gifts, and we believe the Southeast Alaska Native Giftbox makes for a beautiful one.
The copper over lay on the box was inspired by the use of this metal in Southeast Alaska Native culture to display status and wealth, typically in the form of a Tinaa. Alyssa chose to apply the design onto the boxes in a non-traditional way through copper plating to show the evolving nature and vitality of Alaska Native art and culture.
The cedar selected to make the box is sourced from Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. It is old growth clear grain lumber.
Each box is unique as no two pieces of cedar lumber are the same. One reason to love the cedar box is because of the aroma of the cedar. It can inspire your mind to wander through the forests of the Southeast Alaska.
This box was created in collaboration with Clifton J Guthrie who designed the formline of Alyssa's crest, Eagle-Killerwhale. Clifton named this design, Eagle Wings Over Dorsal Fin, or in Sm'algyax (Tsimshian language), ne’egm ‘neexł.