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Documentary filmmaker Ellen Frankenstein was joined by master weaver and Haida elder Delores Churchill, who is the subject of her latest documentary Tracing Roots: A Weaver’s Story.

They will be screening the documentary tomorrow (07-01-15) from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, in the Pioneers Home Chapel. Attendees may bring their lunches.

Tracing Roots  follows Delores Churchill on a journey to understand the origins of a spruce root hat found with Kwäday Dän Ts’ìnchi, the Long Ago Person Found, a 300-year-old traveler discovered in Northern Canada in a retreating glacier. The film raises questions about the meaning of connection, knowledge and ownership.

Churchill is nearing completion of a beginning Northwest Coast basketry class at the University of Alaska this summer.

Frankenstein is also creating a study guide based on the film, which will eventually air on PSB. She invites Sitkans to organize local screenings of the film. She can be reached at