Jackson, a native of Kethikan, Alaska and member of the Native American tribe Tlingit, performed a ceremonial dance wearing a hand-woven blanket crafted by his wife.
|The Raven crest on the balnaket represents one of the two major clans, the sockeye salmon is a smaller family within the Raven's group.|
From there, Jackson got down to the basics of carving with a demonstration of the main chipping tool called the adze, a curved, razor-sharp instrument.
A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship (1995) under President Clinton, Jackson presented a slide show of some of his major totem pole commissions, some made out of a single block of wood 40-feet tall. One curious slide showed a 12-foot cedar totem pole carved for the Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas cruise ship.