Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Beaver Design Naxiin Apron


Beaver images were often depicted on shaman paraphernalia, as these objects or designs were usually inspired by visions of spirit helpers… The female weavers had to be specialists, transformers twining wool and cedar-bark fibre into adornments of power, media of communication with the supernatural realms.

Evelyn Vanderhoop

Evelyn Vanderhoop


(1953- )

Evelyn is from Masset, British Columbia. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Washington University and has had successful parallel careers as a weaver and watercolour artist. She studied watercolour painting in Europe, and one of her paintings was chosen by the United States Postal Service for a stamp to commemorate Native American dance. She has also been chosen as an artist in residence at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. She comes from a long line of Haida weavers, including her grandmother Selina Peratrovich and her mother, Delores Churchill. She has also studied weaving with Cheryl Samuel.