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NATIVE ALASKAN WALRUS IVORY AND OTHER CARVINGS





WALRUS IVORY, WHALE BONE, BALEEN, SOAPSTONE





Mayac Puffin



Native Alaskan ivory carving and scrimshaw comprise a body of art largely unknown to most people.  When talking about Alaskan carving, most people think of wooden totem poles or masks.  But these types of carving typically represent the native peoples along the southeastern coast of Alaska.  While native Alaskans in the western and northern portions of Alaska do make masks, they are better known for their figure carving.




Alaska map Where do they live?



Carvings are often made of walrus ivory, but can also be made of walrus teeth and bone; whale teeth, baleen, and bone; soapstone and other types of stone; and occasionally wood.


Walrus ivory Whale bone Walrus teeth tusk oosik tusk




Mayac eagle on whale tooth


I have only recently discovered the amazing world of Alaskan carving and consider myself an amateur collector.  I am always seeking more information about artists so I may continue to broaden my knowledge of the subject.   My real intent in posting these pages is to share some of my collection as well as select examples of Alaskan carvings with you, and hopefully to inspire the same interest and appreciation I have for the talent and creativity of the native Alaskan people.











Click on the picture link to see more carvings:


Roger Silook Ivory Walrus Walrus Ivory Carvings



Michael Scott Whale Whale Bone Carvings



Coming Soon!!
Eric Tetpon Walrus Soap Stone Carvings





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