Sgang gwaay or Dolly Garza is a Haida-Tlingit basket and raven’s tail weaver. She was born in Ketchikan, Alaska. Following her matrilineal culture, she is Kaiganii Haida, from the Sxaalants clan with eagle, frog and sculpin crests. On her Tlingit father’s side she is Tiin-nei dee (Raven, dog salmon). She was also adopted to the L’uknax.Ã¡di and given the name Xaat ShÃ¡awÃ¡t which means Spruce Root Woman. Sgang gwaay learned basket weaving from several Haida and Tlingit weavers including Delores Churchill, Teri Rofkar, Holly Churchill and Diane Douglas-Willard. She also apprenticed with Teri Rofkar for raven’s tail weaving. She has been weaving since the mid-1980s. She lives in Skidegate in Haida Gwaii.
—provided by the artist
Dr. Garza has her B.S. in Fisheries Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, her M.S. in Fisheries from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in Marine Policy from the University of Delaware.
She has served as the Chair of the Board of Commissioner’s of the Alaska Native Science Commission, and on the board’s of the Alaska Sea Otter and Stellar Sea Lion Commission, the Sitka Marine Mammal Commission, the Alaska Marine Safety Committee and is a member of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society
—Alaska Native Science Commission
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