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Gene Chilton is a Tlingit from "Lingit Aani." He is a memeber of the Raven Moiety and from the Deisheetaan clan, whose crest is the Beaver. He comes from the raven House, Ye'il Hit of Angoon, Alaska. Gene was born in Juneau, Alaska. He grew up in Angoon up to age seven, and then moved back to Juneau. As a young man he commercial fished in Southeast Alaska.
Gene began his career engraving silver in 1978, studying under master carver Ed Kasko of Klukwan, Alaska
Gene has become a prolific and well-known artist, working in both silver and gold, and has a great interest in perpetuating the art form through teaching. Gene currently lives in Juneau with his wife Jennifer, and their five children