I'm half Athabascan (Alaska Native) and live in Alaska. A few years ago my grams passed away. This spring is her traditional funeral in the village our family is from. Something that the surviving family does is makes gifts for the members of the village, because they pay for the funeral or help organize it. I think also it helps with the mourning process. A traditional funeral is typically held 3 years after a person dies (at least what my aunties and uncles tell me). These gifts are given out at a large potlach. I'm not very good at beadwork or other traditional Athabascan crafts, so I decided to do a little chainmaille. I've been doing chainmaille for about 5 years now.
Here are a couple examples of earrings that I made. My husband and 13 year old daughter helped me out. We made 100 pairs of earrings. (There's about 330 peaople in the village total.) I'll take more pics in the morning and share. All of the earrings are on surgical steel french hooks.
Those are a little half byzantine pattern I guess you could call them. I made other designs but didn't really think about taking pics until tonight. All the earrings made were super simple, since we needed to make a bunch.
These are called Shaggy Loops. I put beads on the dangling jump rings.
Some people like to call this a Japanese variant, but I call it a chain. Made with Bright Aluminum and Anodized Aluminum.
The whole cluster together.
I put them in their own baggies to make it easier to hand out. I considered just tying them with a piece of cotton yarn or punching holes in a blank business card, but before they can be handed out they have to sit outside over night. Being spring in interior Alaska, it could rain or possibly snow, so I settled on biodegradable plastic baggies. I'll be mailing them off on Friday from Fairbanks.