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...