Sunday, January 10, 2016

Trinkets: Native Alaskan Art

Seventeen countries... seventeen trinkets.  Now it's time for trinkets from my own country, one from each state in a random order.

I'll start with Alaska.

Himself worked as the medical officer on a fish processor in The Bering Sea, Prince William Sound, and near Ketchikan.  In 2008 I was able to spend 3 weeks about his ship... but before flying down to Adak I spent 4 days in Anchorage exploring.  

At one of the museums I visited I was given a recommendation of a shop that sold only Native Alaskan made arts and crafts (which for the life of me I can not remember its name, just that it was on the south side of the city).  All the pieces had a certificate of authenticity and photo of the artist.

It was there I found my Inuit drummer.

He is carved from Alaskan marble.  His face is carved from fossilized walrus ivory and the ruff of his parka is seal.

His drum is a slice of caribou antler and the stick is a piece of sea grass.

And he is standing on a piece of whale bone.

Sometimes a trinket is a piece of art...

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1 comment:

  1. I love this!!! Alaska and up in the Nothern Artic circle is definitely on my "to go" list!


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