"About Raven : The Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska have two descent groups, call moieties. The two moieties are Raven (Yéil) and Eagle (Ch'aak'). I am Eagle. Throughout my jewelry making I’m drawn to the Raven designs, as my opposite. So I was honored to collaborate with Ginew on a new design for their apparel.
There are many stories of Raven in Northwest Coast culture. In Tlingit culture there are two different characters: one is the creator raven and the other is sly and conniving raven." ~ Jennifer Younger
Jennifer Younger is a Tlingit artist from Sitka, Alaska. She started making jewelry, incorporating Tlingit designs, as a way to learn more about that part of her heritage. She is best known for the fusion of traditional metal carving with contemporary elements. She is fulfilling her dream of pursuing something related to traditional Tlingit art, while having the freedom to express her own style.
Jennifer draws inspiration from traditional Tlingit formline designs, historic artifacts, spruce root basket weaving patterns, and from the contrast and texture of metals. The pieces created start with sheet metal of mostly silver or copper. Everything is cut and shaped by hand. The wooden tools used, to shape the jewelry, are all handmade as well. Each engraved creation is made solely by the artist, engraved freehand and one-of-a-kind.