Weaver Lily Hope

In what some may consider an inappropriate use of traditional Alaska Native culture to push the LGBTQ agenda, the City and Borough of Juneau is encouraging area children to sign up for a year-long program that teaches them how to weave woolen Native-styled “Pride Robes” to celebrate myriad sexual identities.

Hosted by the Zach Gordon Youth Center (ZGYC), a division of Juneau’s Parks & Recreation department, the event features weaver Lily Hope and her team of “mentor weavers.” They will offer a year-long community “Pride Robe” residency beginning July 7. Over the course of the year, the weavers will guide Juneau youth in creating two “Youth Pride Robes.” One each in Chilkat and Ravenstail techniques, the two premiere woolen textiles of Northwest Coast. Once created, the robes will be worn during an Alaska Native dance celebration at the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Celebration 2024.

After the Celebration, the robes will remain on display at the youth center as a “permanent wearable art piece, to be worn only by youth during SHI’s biennial Celebration, graduations, new-names parties, coming out parties, and significant Native and non-Native Pride events,” a notice explains.

This is not the first time, Hope has tapped into public funds to marry Alaska Native traditions with the LGBTQ agenda. In 2020, she received nearly $14,000 in Covid relief funds to make gay and transgender themed native Covid masks, which are now on display at Juneau’s City Museum.

She said her latest project aims to brings together “Native, non-Native, queer, straight, cis-gender, transgender, allies, and all identities youth to sit side by side and create a shared work celebrating pride, community, and self.”

LGBTQ masks made by weaver Lily Hope in 2020.

The use of Alaska Native cultural traditions to disseminate LGBTQ dogma has struck a nerve with some Alaska Natives. Two years ago, the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage used its main stage to host a drag queen story hour for children. This spurred a group of local Alaska Natives to protest the event and create an organization called One Spirit Warriors.

At the time, the group said it formed with the goal of preserving traditional Alaska Native family values, while defending future generations from propaganda and programs that seek to twist Alaska Native heritage for leftist cultural agendas – especially with regard to human sexuality.

“We stand up for the legacy of our ancestors, we stand behind leaders who share wholesome values, and we stand against the message that Alaska Natives have a fluid sexual identity,” the group’s Facebook page states. “One Spirit Warriors will fight for our Alaska Native children and their innocence.”

The upcoming Juneau “Pride Robe” project kicks off on July 7, 4-8 p.m., at the Zach Gordon Youth Center, and is sponsored by Goldbelt Heritage, the Juneau Community Foundation, Central Council Tlingit & Haida, Sealaska Corporation, and Emma Goldman.


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Juneau teaches kids how to weave AK Native-styled ‘Pride Robes’ to promote LGBTQ identity

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Lez-o Brandon says:

    “In 2020, she received nearly $14,000 in Covid relief funds to make gay and transgender themed native Covid masks, which are now on display at Juneau’s City Museum.”
    -What a waste of money that could have been better spent….

  • Johnny says:

    Probably safe to assume the city of Juneau and Sealaska Corp endorse Budlite, wouldn’t surprise me if Dylan Mulvaney did a live performance there, you go Juneau!

  • Shelia says:

    It looks like the chant “we are coming for your children” has already been acted upon. To assail Alaska Native Traditions in this manner shows there is no quarter for these people. The Alaska Native Traditions should have been sacrosanct. The Left respects no one or any traditions. They have declared war on all of us.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      We can thank Mary Peltola, Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan and Mike Dunleavy for this cultural attack. It is sickening to think that what was considered sacred is now desecrated by demonic ritualism.

      • Randy Katzenmeyer says:

        Why are you repeating the lies of the left?

      • Phyllis Devries says:

        I would like to take this time to thank Mary Petola, Lisa murkowski ! They are helping to make Alaska a more wonderful place to live

      • Aunt Sally says:

        Put down the joint and step away from your TV, Phyllis. It’ll probably be clear for you once the fog wears off but might as well be cheering for tumors right now.

  • Soldotnan says:

    Sure seems like “cultural appropriation” to me, but I’ve read that’s only something hateful, bigoted right-wing troglodytes engage in, certainly not the enlightened, credentialed upper crust socialites of our well-to-do cities.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Scott Kesterson/BardsFM talking about ‘The Great Awakening’ and how our country is the largest “consumer” keeping this sick agenda going. Really good food for thought. Length: 52:45 minutes

  • Jen says:

    Lily Hope is spending time with the youth at a youth center whom generations it served largely went ignored by Juneau Christians. Learning to weave chilkat style is something they can do for a year long project. Maybe it’ll continue. Those teens need something meaningful to work on. Here in Anchorage there is the Boys and Girls clubs and the kid jail, the Christians especially the men should be collectively host meaningful sports, crafts, art, writing, with these forgotten youth.

    • Elizabeth Henry says:

      Chilkat weaving is lovely and worthy of learning but certainly not for the purpose of encouraging mental illness and darkness. Lily Hope is the anthesis of her name. She is a peddler of despair not hope.

      • Jen says:

        You know what the issue with Alaskan Christians is lack of unity. Secularists are mimicking the service Christian brothers and sisters like Zach Gordon how they served one another and the community at large. Lily Hope is a kind hearted woman, and being around her they’re nothing Phoney about her. Her presence is an encourager. Her name recognition is bringing to the forefront an ignored youth center. For thirty years growing up in Juneau I watched youth languishing desperately, and still desperate, to know who they are in God’s image. The Juneau Christians took too long. Some group came in to tell the youth who they think they are by their feelings and beliefs through art. Her goal is increase more chilkat weavers. Too bad Juneau Christian’s didn’t get her first to sponser to teach youth at ZGYC 13 years earlier without a LGBT theme, cause she would had taught the youth there in 2009 under another group.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Jen, all of the youth have been left to the wayside in this world where both parents need to work or get divorced because of all the financial stress. Just because this Lily Hope grabbed a part of the “market” that was being ignored does not make her a good person. Look at that Maria Obramavich (however spelled) – the demon lady that into “spiritualism.’ Some say she is wonderful. Do you consider her wonderful also? It is sad how you put Lily Hope up on a pedestal.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    This is so tragic. The lgbtqxyz+-etc cult is pushing mental illness as a desired lifestyle and ignorant families that think it will make them cool, edgy and “accepting’” lap it up and subject their children to the destruction of innocence. This is all part of the dismantling of our nation efforts from the leftist elitist globalists. Push darkness, confusion, chaos, mental illness, and division in order to destroy a strong nation for their world order purposes. The ignorant cool edgy parents are pawns as are also the likes of Zach Gordon and Lily Hope, whom is the opposite of real hope and a guide into darkness. Beyond sickening. I pray daily for awakening across our nation to truth.

  • jon says:

    LGBTQ+ are not mentally deranged. They are the way god made them.

    • Phyllis Devries says:

      Yes thank you! I can’t believe the amount of ignorant hateful people.
      All races, religions and peoples have lgbtq+ people in their society

    • Aunt Sally says:

      You can tell yourself whatever stories you want to make yourself feel better about being a nasty creep, Jon, but you most definitely are mentally defective because you’ve chosen to be and you’ve made the terrible willful decision to become a degenerate disease vector. Stay away from kids, Jon.

      • Lucinda says:

        Fu*k you Mr Sally.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Lucinda, when the left get frustrated and angry, they resort to violence. Your answer is totally inappropriate and violent. Thank you for being a good example of how the left can’t handle the truth.

  • Lucinda says:

    Why do any of you care? We do you CHristian fascists have to force your alleged moral standards on others? Stay out of my affairs.

  • George says:

    Homosexuality is immoral and a sin. Its been that way for 50,000 years across all cultures around the world.

  • Lucinda says:

    Mr Sally is the worst of the worst here. He’s rude, arrogant and insecure. FoH and others could brighten this site by censuring him.

  • Lucinda says:

    FoH. The phrase I used is not violent, it’s an expression of anger and frustration. Violence is more prevalent on the Right. Remember January 6?

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Use of the “f” word is verbal violence. You are so consistent in push the lefty narrative and you are in sync with all your buddies bringing up the talking points again. That is ok. We know the game.

      • Lucinda says:

        Mr Sally tops the list for verbal violence. He is division and hatred. I, on the other hand, am your vessel of the cool clear water of truth. I was sent here to help you come back from the dry scablands of magical thinking.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        If you are my vessel, then my vessel is cracked and should be disposed of because it does not hold water. My vessel is the Word of God Almighty and that is plenty for me.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        I guess the editor is tired of having to deal with all of my comments that get flagged, so is ignoring my comments that get flagged. My vessel of cool clear water of truth comes from God’s Word, not from a minion working for the dark side.

  • AK FISH says:

    Violence is more prevalent on the Right. Oh really? Not what I have observed, but granted one can’t know everything that occurs in this country or even this State.

    Let us not forget the LEFTIST groups that rioted and continue to riot: The BLM violence in 2020 left close to 20 people dead . The riots caused more than $1 billion in losses, the costliest in U.S. history. Several cities witnessed over 600 riots. And the violence did not start in 2020. Researcher Travis Campbell tracked more than 1,600 BLM protests nationwide between 2014 and 2019 and found that a 10% rise in civilian homicides followed as a result. That means that between 1,000 and 6,000 additional homicides occurred. SEE

    2021: After a year of protests, Portland residents have waning patience for antifa: Rose City Antifa is one of the nation’s oldest active antifa groups. “Rose City Antifa members “Milo” and “Ace” use pseudonyms for this report. “The use of violence is a tactic of how we keep our communities safe,” Milo said. Much of the blame for the chaos, property damage and violence over the last year have landed on the self-described anti-racist, anti-facist FAR LEFT organizers. The black-clad coterie entrenched in the city’s protest movement now find themselves in a tense showdown with city officials. See and so on. So there is extremism on both sides-Left and Right. It’s the LEFT leaning groups that riot which seem to get a pass from government and law enforcement more often than not.