Name: Vesta MORRISON
Given Name: Vesta
Suffix: or Sandlanaay
Change Date: 19 OCT 2013
This individual was identified and joined with her family by BIA census data taken at Hydaburg, AK.
Birth: 14 AUG 1918 in Hydaburg,Terr. of Alaska, USA
Death: 23 FEB 1993 in Ketchikan, Gateway, Alaska, USA
She was Haida.
Her children were identified by the 1950 BIA census at Hydaburg, AK.
She was then a widow.
This source provided her birth place.
She was full blood Alaska Native.
Her date and place of marriage to Wallace Johnson was obtained from the Daily Alaska Empire, 15 Jun 1959.
She was a Sitka resident.
They married at the First Presbyterian Church in Sitka, AK.
She was married to Wallace Johnson and living in Sitka, Ak in 1965. Juenau Empire, 9 Mar 1965
She was married to Wallace R. Johnson and living in Ketchikan, AK in 1988. Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 1988
She had been married to Johnson for 30 years at the time of his death. Anchorage Daily News, 1 Mar 1986
The following was obtained from the Anchorage Daily News, 27 Feb 1993 and the Juneau Empire, 25 Feb 1993. The latter included her photograph.Vesta Johnson, 74, passed away at Ketchikan General Hospital Feb. 23 following a prolonged illness.She was born on Aug. 14, 1918, in Hydaburg. Her Haida name is Sandlanaay, and she comes from the Shark House, of the Yaakwlaanaas Clan (Double-Fin Killerwhale) of the Raven Tribe of the Haida Nation.Memorial services were held Feb. 25 at the Church of God in Ketchikan. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the RNB Hall. Burial will be in Sitka.Throughout her life of community service, Vesta Johnson worked at Mount Edgecumbe High School as a dorm mother, and at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital. Mrs. Johnson also worked for a time at Haines House and at the orphanage in Craig. She was also intensely interested in Haida culture and throughout her life worked in such areas as the Haida language, Haida songs and music, recording oral history, and Haida art. Mrs. Johnson demonstrated her crafts of cedar bark weaving and sewing at the Fine Arts Museum in Anchorage and wrote "The Haida Button Blanket."Mrs. Johnson was active in Native affairs, including Native corporations and tribal organizations. She was a shareholder of Klawock-Heenya Corporation, Haida Corporation and Sealaska Corporation, and a tribal member of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. She also was a member of the Ravenstail Weavers Guild. In all organizations in which Mrs. Johnson served, she was often called on to serve as chaplain and offer prayer. She was the chaplain of the most recent Grand Camp Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood Conventions in Klawock and Ketchikan. She was a lifetime member of Ketchikan Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp No. 14.According to her family, Mrs. Johnson dedicated her life to helping people. She worked to preserve and promote the Haida culture which she dearly loved, although she often said that her true heritage is Christianity, serving the Lord in all things.Mrs. Johnson is survived by her brother, Robert Morrison of Seattle; her sister, Nora Horne of Everett, Wash.; her sons, Lloyd Scott of Seattle and Wilbert Scott of Ketchikan; her grandsons, Wallace, Marvin and Louis Scott, all of Ketchikan; her granddaughters, Llesta and Nadine Scott, both of Seattle, Sandra Scott of Anchorage, Charlene Sykes of Ketchikan, Carrie Skrzynski and Vicki Soboleff of Juneau, Nanci Scotchman of Lillooet, British Columbia, and Toni Weber of Anchorage; and 17 great-grandchildren, numerous nephews and neices, and other relatives.She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace R. Johnson, sisters Marion Hawkins, Nellie Maddix and Eleanor Eikemo; her daughter Josephine Nancy Thacker, and her grandson, Arnold Phillip Barrens.
http://www.ccthita.org/info/newsletters/newsletters/2011december2012january.p The article included her photograph.
Tlingit & Haida Head Start is very pleased to welcome Nancy Scotchman to our Juneau Central Office staff. Nancy is a Haida Raven/Double Finned Killer Whale, descendant of Vesta Morrison of the Yaklaanas Clan. She is proud to carry her grandmother?s Haida name Sandlanaay which means beautiful sunrise/sunset?.
Father: Edward MORRISON b: 1884 in Howkan,Terr. of Alaska,USA
Mother: Saldie VANDAL b: 10 FEB 1892 in Howkan,Terr. of Alaska,USA
Lloyd Edgar SCOTT b: 8 NOV 1907 in , Territory of Alaska, USA
- Lloyd M. SCOTT b: 4 DEC 1935 in Hydaburg,Terr. of Alaska, USA
- Living SCOTT
- Josephine Nancy SCOTT b: 17 OCT 1939 in Hydaburg,Terr. of Alaska, USA
Wallace R. JOHNSON b: 9 JUN 1917 in Klawock, Terr. of Alaska, USA
9 JUN 1959
in Sitka, Terr. of Alaska, USA