Shgen DOo Tan


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Shgen doo tan Robyn Kay George is the daughter of Gabriel and JoAnn George.  She was raised in Angoon, Alaska in her clan house, Keet Oxoo Hit (Killer whale tooth house).  As a child she was surrounded by her culture and her mothers art work.  These two influences have greatly shaped her life.  After graduating from the University of Puget Sound in 1995 with her BA in Fine Arts she attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She then moved back to her home village where she earned her Teaching Certificate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and she is now merging teaching with culture and art.  

As a child she was taught bead work by her grandmother Lydia George.  Later, she took classes on Ravens Tail weaving with Cheryl Samuel and then learned chilkat weaving with Clarissa Hudson.  These three art forms dominate her work today, creating both traditional and contemporary regalia and works for artistic expression. Much of her work is inspired by Tlingit oratory history and cultural knowledge. 

Art by ShgenDooTan’s daughter Shaawaatgoox:

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Cedar Bark Gathering

Spruce Root Gathering

Weavers Gathering 08

Toddler Regalia Review Celebration 2008