Chaak (Eagle) Serigraph by Allie High
Allie is a Tsimpshian Raven, Haida and Aleut. Her family is from Metlakatla, Alaska and Masset, British Columbia. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Oregon. She has taught art in the public schools, in universities in Alaska and Louisiana, and has been an artist in residence as well as an instructor in museums.
Ms. High apprenticed with Tsimpshian master carver, Jack Hudson beginning in 1984. The first time she saw one of Jack’s masks and held it in her hands she knew what she wanted to make and to this day Allie is particularly drawn to carving the subtleties of women’s faces. Classes with Nathan Jackson, Marvin Oliver, Bill Holm, Delores Churchill and Steve Brown have provided her with additional resources. She is grateful for the challenges each of these instructors provided.
Alaska Airlines, the Anchorage Historical and Fine Art Museum, the United States Department of Agriculture, Alaska State Parks and many private interests have purchased Allie’s artwork. She has also made masks for Northwest Coast Indian theater presentations.
Allie resides in Wrangell, Alaska, a small island community in Southeast Alaska with her son, three cats, and a dog. Along with the rich Tlingit cultural examples in Wrangell, Allie’s designs and carvings are inspired by her physical proximity to the ocean and forest. There is so much to anticipate - the return of the killer whales (her grandfather’s clan) as they pass close to her oceanside home or the otter’s as they come to play in the beach inlet. Allie also finds inspiration through the reading of Northwest Coast mythology. The Raven myths are a favorite bedtime stories for her son.