In 1980, Wood received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce a Kwakiutl winter ceremonial suite for the Aman Folk Ensemble. Having grown up in Washington state, she was well acquainted with Kwakiutl arts. Traditional Kwakiutl blankets inspired her design for this backdrop.
Wood's sketch of the backdrop she designed for the Kwakiutl suite
The finished blanket hangs upstage in an Aman performance of the suite
Aman dancers as Crooked Beak (center) and Raven (right, in foreground) wearing masks that Wood commissioned from highly regarded Northwest Coast Indian artist Duane Pasco