Teri Rofkar

Visual Arts, 2012

Teri Rofkar was a weaver of basketry and textiles who used the technique of twining to create watertight baskets from spruce tree roots and dancing robes from the wool of mountain goats. Rofkar lived in Sitka, AK, and was an active member of the Tlingit tribe. The methods of preparing and weaving practiced by the artist are more than 6,000 years old. As the weaving is done freehand without the use of a loom, a ceremonial robe can take over 2,000 hours to create. Throughout her life, Rofkar continued research and broadened awareness about traditional Native American crafts by expanding the discourse to include new stories. By combining innovative materials and themes with traditional techniques, Rofkar reflected the expanded relationship of native people to a more global community. Rofkar’s work is in the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, and the Museum of the North in Fairbanks, AK. Rofkar’s woven arts have sold in galleries since 1989.

Teri Rofkar passed away in 2016.

Awards and Accomplishments


Rofkar is an artist-in-residence at the Artists Residency at the Sitka High School, creating traditional baskets and working with Fiber Optic Fiber Working and the Fabrication Lab to 3-D print Puffin Beaks for regalia


Rofkar is awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Alaska


The first robe in Rofkar's Tlingit Superman Series, the traditional DNA robe "Caprini Regalia," was awarded 1st Place in the Sealaska Heritage Center Juried Art Show


Rofkar named 2013 Distinguished Artist by the Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska


 Teri Rofkar presented the keynote address at the Art Alliance Communities Conference in San Jose, CA