CIRI descendants Joel Isaak and Jessica Fulton – both of whom were spotlighted in the CIRI newsletter this year – participated in the Clare to Clare fashion show July 27 in Anchorage.
The annual show benefits Clare House, which provides temporary, emergency shelter for women with children and expectant mothers.
The Alaska Native Arts Foundation partnered with Northwest Strategies to feature the Water Collection at the event — wearable art inspired by the element of water. Isaak, who is known for molding salmon skins and moose hides into works of art, designed a salmon skin dress that was featured in the fashion show.
Miss Alaska Jessica Fulton stays active in the community and for the third year volunteered her pageant skills to model outfits on the runway. Fulton was the first Alaska Native selected to participate in the Miss United States pageant and was selected runner up. The pageant was held in Washington, D.C. during the 4th of July weekend.
You can read more about Fulton in the April 2013 Raven’s Circle and Isaak in the March 2013 edition.
The mission of CIRI is to promote the economic and social well-being and Alaska Native heritage of our Shareholders, now and into the future, through prudent stewardship of the company’s resources, while furthering self-sufficiency among CIRI Shareholders and their families.
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Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) is one of 12 regional corporations established in Alaska by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. CIRI is owned by over 9,000 Shareholders, primarily of Athabascan, Southeast Indian, Inupiat, Yup’ik, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq and Aleut/Unangax descent.