Don Johnston, a proud member of the (Aleut) Qagan Tayagungin Tribe of Sand Point, Alaska, is a master baleen basket weaver and carver. With a deep connection to his heritage, Don utilizes his incredible talent to create exquisite works of art. For decades, he has honed his skills, dedicating himself to the craft since the late 1980s.
Don's artistry is not only a testament to his cultural roots but also a display of exceptional precision and attention to detail. He skillfully weaves baskets from baleen and carves intricate finials using walrus ivory, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to preserving and celebrating the traditions of Alaska Native people.
His work has found its place in prestigious galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the renowned Smithsonian Institution. Don's artistry has also graced the pages of magazines and received recognition for its exceptional quality and craftsmanship.
His dedication to perfecting each aspect of his weaving and carving sets him apart as a master in his field, and his art continues to inspire and captivate those who have the privilege of experiencing it.