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"Yadaa.at Kalé, Beautiful Face," work by Barbara Craver
"Yadaa.at Kalé, Beautifully Adorned Face" (Face of Mt. Juneau), courtesy of Barbara Craver.
During the month of December, local artist Barbara Craver will be exhibiting a selection of landscape paintings entitled "Yadaa.at Kalé, Beautiful Face." Yadaa.at Kalé is the Tlingit place name for the face of Mt. Juneau. It means “beautifully adorned face.” It was a revelation for Craver to learn that her favorite mountain has a Tlingit name that celebrates its beauty, and this name is the inspiration for the show. Her primary reference for naming the paintings was Haa Leelk'w Has Aani Saax'u / Our Grandparents' Names on the Land edited by Thomas F. Thornton. Craver has been in Juneau since college, several decades ago. She states, “I feel grounded and connected to this place and its people. I paint the landscape as one way to ‘know’ the land. Once I learned that Tlingit place names existed for places that I love, I wanted to share. I hope to share some place names, and encourage us all to learn and use more Tlingit names and words.” Join us at the City Museum for the opening reception of "Yadaa.at Kalé, Beautiful Face" during First Friday Gallery Walk on December 2, 2016, from 4:30-7:00pm.