Artist Projects

Tlingit Superman Series

Teri Rofkar

Using traditional Tlingit weaving techniques, Teri Rofkar wove modern composite materials into robes, drawing upon the tradition of robe-making for ceremonial use in Native American culture. Rofkar began fabrication on two robes: one bulletproof, woven from Kevlar; the second nano technology and changes color as it responds to movement. The bulletproof robe was intended to address issues such as homeland security and the loss of land by the Tribes across America. The second robe, programmable using nano technology, was planned to be activated by sound or movement and used in choreographed dances rooted in, but new to, Native American ceremonial dancing.