Doug Chilton


Doug, Yaanak.ch, is a Tlingit Indian. He is of Raven moiety, Yeil, and a member of the Deisheetaan Clan, Beaver Clan, and is from the Raven House, Yeil Hit of Angoon, Alaska. Doug was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska and carves primarily in silver, gold, wood, ivory, bone and soapstone. Doug's designs are Tlingit style and are traditional in form.
In 1979 Doug began his wood carving apprenticeship under Ray Peck, a member of the Deisheetaan clan of Angoon, Alaska and an established carver of totemic and panel carvings. Later Doug began working under the direction of Walter Bennett, also a local well-known carver. In 1990, Doug began to work with silver and gold engravings under the watchful eye of his brother, Gene Chilton, Sguna yaa. All of his works-of­ art are original. Each Design, totem, mask and plaque is a unique treasure. Doug takes great pride in continuing his Tlingit ancestral art.

Doug was kind enough to make resin replicas of his Tram totems for our gift shop.  Please take a look.

Circa late 1990s

Doug with a big smile carving the totem set for our mountain house at the tram.