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Hunter in Kayak - Walrus Tusk Ivory, by Charles Slwooko (Yupik)

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Price: $255.00
Item Number: 2017A128

Charles Slwooko’s carving of a hunter in his kayak is detailed exquisitely. The hunter and kayak are carved from walrus tusk ivory of a rich golden brown color with contrasting detail in the hunter’s face. Also in walrus tusk ivory is the hunter's float, placed at the back of the kayak. With arm raised, the hunter is ready to pursue prey to feed his family. He holds a spear with a cord attached and holds more in his other arm. The spear shaft is made of baleen and the point is ivory. Resting beside the hunter is his baleen carved oar.

A variety of highly refined Native Indian Arts and Crafts express the unique cultural traditions of Native Alaskan peoples. Commonly known as "Eskimo", the Yupik and Inupiat people of Northern Alaska have been subsistence hunters relying on local species for thousands of years. These local animals provide the materials from which are fashioned exceptional works of art. The tusks of the Pacific walrus provide ivory which carvers transform into amazingly realistic images of animals. Walrus, seal, polar bears and arctic whales are favorite subjects, but we also see birds, otters, woolly mammoth, wolf, moose and many others. Hunters waiting at seal breathing holes and whaling from kayaks are also depicted in ivory. Old pieces of whalebone collected from shorelines are also used by carvers, often for larger scale pieces. To learn more about Arts of Alaska, click here.

Length: 5”; Height: 2.5”; Depth: 1.25”