Yellowstone cut quarter pendant, Michael Marshall (Lakota)
fur parka, Kathleen Westlake (Inupiaq)
Kathleen has earned statewide and national acclaim as a doll maker: The White House has displayed Kathleen’s dolls and one of her dolls is in the personal collection of an Alaska governor. In addition, she was judged Best Doll Maker by jurors in a 2000 Kotzebue art competition, and she received the highest honor for dolls given in the Nunaptinni Savaktit Katimmaviat 2002 Art Competition. The dolls of Ethel Washington have especially been an inspiration to her in her work.
The natural world inspires her work. She was sitting on the beach when she began carving her first doll head. She continued to walk the beach and gather objects to use in her work. A small bone or piece of driftwood triggers her imagination to use this artifact to create a scene with her dolls that depicts life in simpler and harder times.
"When I make and sell my dolls I hope that I am a model for other young people in my culture," Kathleen said. "I want them to know that they can do traditional crafts and it will help them to define their cultural identity."
Kathleen also creates other Native pieces, including Caribou skin masks, Eskimo yo-yos and fur parkas, mukluks, trim and ruffs.
● Winner of Miss Arctic Circle
● First Runner Up Miss World Eskimo Olympics
● All Alaska Art Contest - Printmaking
● Cover Art for “We Speak Eskimo” Book
● Doll Displayed in the White House
● Doll in Personal Collection of an Alaska governor
● Doll and Mask on Exhibit at the Alaska Native Heritage Center
● Resident Artist at the Alaska Native Heritage Center
● Supervisor at the NANA Museum of the Arctic - Kotzebue
● Supervisor of the Culture Camp - Kotzebue
● Supervisor of the Fish Camp - Sadie Creek
● First Place - Washington Talent Show- Vocals
● Performed at a Variety of Gatherings - Vocals
purse, Nilo Perkins (Mohawk)