Gina Kalloch was born to a father from the far north
and a mother from the deep south. Her father, a
Koyukon Athabascan Indian, was raised in Tanana
and Rampart - Alaska Native villages along the Yukon
River. Her mother is French Creole from rural,
Southern Louisiana. Gina was raised primarily in
Interior Alaska, immersed in the Athabascan culture.
Ms. Kalloch creates beadwork that reflects both
traditional style and contemporary innovation. She
has been working with beads for over 20 years and is
renowned for her work with the tiniest antique beads.
Although self-taught, she has studied with Native
elders and contemporaries in a traditional sharing of
Gina sees her work as she sees her unique heritage -
grounded in Alaska Native tradition and flavored with
the southern spiciness passed down by her mother.
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