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Handmade Portraits: Mabel Pike

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Tribal elder and moccasin maker Mabel Pike passed away last week. In honor of her memory, we’ve brought this piece back from the archives. She leaves us a legacy of inspiration.

Tlingit Native elder Mabel Pike first learned how to sew moccasins from her great-grandmother in the 1920s. After her village in Douglas, Alaska burned down in 1926, Mabel’s parents moved their family to Juneau, where Mabel and her sisters began selling their handcrafted Native wares.

At 91 years old, Mabel has been doing needlework all of her life. She has never been able to make her living solely from her handicrafts, but she’s not in it for the money. As a Tlingit master artist, she has taught beadwork at Stanford University and is on the board of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. With a deep-seated passion for beading, Mabel is dedicated to passing on the the traditions of her clan’s culture.

There are many clans of native peoples in Alaska. Some still live as hunter-gatherers in rural villages, carrying on the ways of their ancestors, while others live in the city, trading with friends and family for materials. By supporting indigenous artists, we sustain not only their craft, but also their knowledge and living history. This history is just as important to their local economies today as it was a hundred years ago, before Western culture was integrated into their own.

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Mabel Pike sells her wares at local craft fairs or for similar work look in the Alaska Native Arts Foundation’s online shop. Read about non-profit ANAF and its founder Alice Rogoff in an earlier Etsy Blog post featuring their former gallery in NYC, Alaska House.

This piece was originally published January 18, 2011.

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  • VogueByVague

    VogueByVague says:

    oh, this is so sweet! I understand losing yourself in your work. Thank you for this article!

    4 years ago

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin says:

    Beautiful work THANKS for sharing

    4 years ago

  • thecottagemarket

    thecottagemarket says:

    this is precious -- love this special article! i can see the love in your work and completely "get" how you can just go into another world while doing it! a very special article indeed! : )

    4 years ago

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit says:

    Truly amazing!!!!

    4 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    What a beautiful piece. I watched it 3 times. I hope at 91 I am still working with my hands. I collect Native Art, and just realized I don't have a pair of moccasins. Those red raven ones called my name. :-)

    4 years ago

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage says:

    I appreciate the tenacity with which you hold on to the "old" way of doing your beading.

    4 years ago

  • remodernseries

    remodernseries says:

    beautiful. :)

    4 years ago

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage says:

    Thank you weirdwolf for bring Mabel to us.

    4 years ago

  • prairiechicxx

    prairiechicxx says:

    Mabel is a beautiful woman, and it shows in her bead work. Maybe a new category for Etsy is needed that highlights "Cultural Art and Traditions". Very inspiring article, thank you.

    4 years ago

  • JMGJewelDesign

    JMGJewelDesign says:

    She is just as sweet as pie, I could give her a big smooch!

    4 years ago

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn says:

    what a touching piece love her passion and kind words beautiful work!

    4 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    So cute, go Mabel!

    4 years ago

  • auntjanecan

    auntjanecan says:

    This is a great article and Mabel's work is so completely beautiful and wonderful. Thank you for having this article here about a great master!

    4 years ago

  • ndnchick

    ndnchick says:

    Great Article! :)

    4 years ago

  • Andriano

    Andriano says:

    Grateful I am for your eyes that have seen and passed on .. and the embrace that Mabel shares with us all..

    4 years ago

  • TEJIDOS

    TEJIDOS says:

    Such beautiful work Mabel! It's just wonderful that you pass on your cultures handiwork, and nothing like a master to learn from.

    4 years ago

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye says:

    I'm so inspired! Thanks for sharing Mabel's story and her beautiful work!

    4 years ago

  • meganandmona

    meganandmona says:

    Mabel is a wonderful lady. It's so important to pass on skills, and like her I learnt from my grandmothers. Really made my day and would love to see more of Mabel.

    4 years ago

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion says:

    Wonderful article and work!

    4 years ago

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket says:

    Beautiful story and work!! Congrats to Mabel!

    4 years ago

  • mycrochetgarden

    mycrochetgarden says:

    Amazing! Does she have an Etsy shop?

    4 years ago

  • JustColor

    JustColor says:

    What a wonderful article. Loved reading about the history of your art and where it came from. Beautiful, intricate work.

    4 years ago

  • sunkae

    sunkae says:

    ***Wow nice native work!***

    4 years ago

  • CuteCraftDecor

    CuteCraftDecor says:

    very great story!

    4 years ago

  • CoolStuffByDesign

    CoolStuffByDesign says:

    Love the article! Thanks for sharing Mabel's story.

    4 years ago

  • PineappleHappy

    PineappleHappy says:

    She reminds me so much of my Grandma. She was a Choctaw and I have a couple of her beaded pieces. Thanks for sharing this Etsy!

    4 years ago

  • t8designs

    t8designs says:

    by far the best handmade portrait yet. thanks for sharing Mabel!

    4 years ago

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage says:

    what an inspiration... lovely handiwork Mabel!

    4 years ago

  • leimani

    leimani says:

    My grandma was Maude Gaddis,a teacher there long ago. I have pictures of her students and the school from I think 1902. Is there any records from back in the day?Interested in scans of photos ?

    4 years ago

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux says:

    Beautiful story. Bookmarking this.

    4 years ago

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox says:

    Great film - wonderful story !! Thank you so much for sharing Mabel : )

    4 years ago

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel says:

    absolutely beautiful little story... a great reminder to make things because you love the process not receiving the payment!

    4 years ago

  • mother8daughter

    mother8daughter says:

    Your story is so lovely! The moccasins are amazing! This encompasses the whole energy behind the new etsy shop my mother and I have just opened. I remember my great grandmother, grandmother, my mom and I sitting around a huge blocked out quilt when I was a young girl. My great grandmother quilted by hand until she passed at 97. Mamo, my mother's mom, passed a couple of years ago leaving us her supplies. Together, my mom and I carry on the tradition of crafting, and we now sell some of our items on etsy, using many of these vintage/antique materials. It is so wonderful to see the art of craft carrying on through the generations, and etsy is a huge part of that. Thanks for a wonderful post. We love you Mabel!

    4 years ago

  • tiialin

    tiialin says:

    Once again, the Handmade Portraits Video has told a maker's love story superbly. It's why I long for the return of Mom and Pop specialty. It's a great reminder about what makes the small business so grand.

    4 years ago

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection says:

    Very Beautiful Work. I wish I had the talent. Monica

    4 years ago

  • TexaKen

    TexaKen says:

    Exquisite work! I love knowing that the "old ways" are being preserved. It is our desire that all the youngsters out there will somehow come to love and respect the simpler times. What a lovely story, and a beautiful lady! Thank you so much!

    4 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    Beautiful! Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • terrymillsphoto

    terrymillsphoto says:

    Thank you for sharing your story, we enjoyed it so much. We love Alaska and would live there if we could. You are a real inspiration to us all, still productive at 91. Good for you.

    4 years ago

  • mooshoopork

    mooshoopork says:

    as part native myself... i am so drawn to old stories and arts of the different tribes. what a lovely lady and inspiration! thank you for sharing it with us :)

    4 years ago

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry says:

    This is genuine art that was passed on for generations. A very moving piece of film that I will always keep in my heart! Wonderful work created with heart, soul and spirit. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • thepapermoonstudio

    thepapermoonstudio says:

    Love this. The designs are beautiful! Love those Muklucks!

    4 years ago

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery says:

    God bless you!! What a wonderful 91 year old little girl!!! Oh, I wish I can be like you, if I make it to be your age! All my love, Marietta

    4 years ago

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage says:

    Such an inspiring article and beautiful beautiful pieces!

    4 years ago

  • minouette

    minouette says:

    I really enjoyed this film and seeing her beautiful work. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage says:

    Thank you for highlighting cultural and traditional arts. Etsy is a way to keep this knowledge within our cultures--YEA ETSY!

    4 years ago

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu says:

    Enjoy the video. What an inspiring story. Mabel's works are just beautiful!

    4 years ago

  • EllaJewelry

    EllaJewelry says:

    Beautiful work! thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • CLWPottery

    CLWPottery says:

    Mabel was my grandmothers name. she made a lot of my clothing when I was a little girl. It keeps the blues away, she would say. Thank you Mabel for sharing your story with us. You do beautiful work!!

    4 years ago

  • SunnyDayDiggs

    SunnyDayDiggs says:

    What a beautiful 'Handmade Portrait'!! My family and I live up here in Northern Minnesota on Leech Lake reservation where we are extremely lucky to have the opportunity to learn from and about the Native Ojibwe. Mabel, what an extraordinary woman and inspiration you are. So happy and honored you allowed us a this glimpse of your life. Thank you!! You certainly have made my day brighter...xoxo

    4 years ago

  • choctaw

    choctaw says:

    This is such a wonderful positive story.Mabel is such a highly skilled artist.

    4 years ago

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom says:

    I love you Mabel. What a wonderful story and life. You work is lovely. Thank you so much for sharing a piece of your life with us all.

    4 years ago

  • lorenaferreira

    lorenaferreira says:

    I am inspired.

    4 years ago

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth says:

    I enjoyed this video very much :) It's wonderful to get lost in sewing--it's almost a meditation for me. Your work is beautiful, thank you for sharing your talents.

    4 years ago

  • valeriephoto

    valeriephoto says:

    Wow! Amazing detail! This must take so much patience.

    4 years ago

  • jungledread

    jungledread says:

    Traditions carry so much more of a story & soul than some cheap mass-produced thing :)

    4 years ago

  • JanJat

    JanJat says:

    Amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing your talent, vision and creativity. This story makes me think about the incredible, strong women in my family who each loved to create in their own way.

    4 years ago

  • MelsMunchies

    MelsMunchies says:

    Thank you for this wonderful story- Visiting ANAF right now.

    4 years ago

  • daydreamjewels

    daydreamjewels says:

    Mabel your work is awesome!!! Lovely story, thanks for sharing :)

    4 years ago

  • adessojewelry

    adessojewelry says:

    Mabel: outstanding artist! Mabel Pike gives us hope that we will all be crafting for a long time to come. Tara Young, Two Dark Birds and JuliaPott (and others who made this): congratulations on putting together this beautiful and masterful video!

    4 years ago

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions says:

    Wonderful story and lovely work!

    4 years ago

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane says:

    BEAUTIFUL!

    4 years ago

  • outofline

    outofline says:

    I love this, beautiful work. What a talent!

    4 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Beautiful, beautiful workmanship, thanks for sharing your passion for creating and losing yourself in the work. Enjoyed the video and a bit of history, thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • jennyleefowler

    jennyleefowler says:

    I was just talking with a friend the other day about how the things that are perceived as "modern" often have wonderfully deep roots and that's why they resonate with us so. This resonates with me so. Thank you for this.

    4 years ago

  • Agent137

    Agent137 says:

    What a amazing handmade portrait.

    4 years ago

  • 5orangepotatoes

    5orangepotatoes says:

    AMAZING!!!! Mabel, you are so inspiring.

    4 years ago

  • BeaumontStudio

    BeaumontStudio says:

    What a lovely Portrait! It's also great to see Etsians carrying on the tradition of tanning hides and hand sewing them! Glad to see PahanaHides in the related items!

    4 years ago

  • karenmeyers

    karenmeyers says:

    what a touching story, I love it.

    4 years ago

  • LANYARDLADY

    LANYARDLADY says:

    The beauty and spirit of her work touches my heart. Thanks for sharing Mabel's story.

    4 years ago

  • oldnorthstate

    oldnorthstate says:

    truly gorgeous beadwork!

    4 years ago

  • Shamanwoman

    Shamanwoman says:

    An amazing woman. A true inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • ClothandPatina

    ClothandPatina says:

    What an amazing story! I was so taken I watched the video twice. You can just feel her passion for her work as she is telling her story. So touching and beautiful...thanks so much for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • AsLuckWouldHaveIt

    AsLuckWouldHaveIt says:

    Mabel is very inspiring & talented!

    4 years ago

  • SmoochyBabyDesign

    SmoochyBabyDesign says:

    What a beautiful and inspiring story! Thank you for sharing this with us!

    4 years ago

  • AldenArts

    AldenArts says:

    What a beautiful and creative soul!

    4 years ago

  • efratdeutsch

    efratdeutsch says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I really enjoy this video and I wish it was longer :) Beautiful work, Efrat

    4 years ago

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse says:

    Mabel I would love nothing more than to sit with you over a cup of tea, watch you create, and listen to your stories of wisdom. Alaska is such a magical place and you are part of the magic! Thank you for sharing your story.

    4 years ago

  • brinnet

    brinnet says:

    Loved this video. It was nice to see someone who wasn't exclusively an Etsy seller featured. You know I love Etsy, but it really makes me believe that Etsy is in it for the art (and the heart).

    4 years ago

  • jackandjillwedding

    jackandjillwedding says:

    Mabel, you are an inspiration...and your work is beautiful. There is such a history and passion behind it. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • Paper2Roses

    Paper2Roses says:

    Yes, an inspirational story, indeed. Thanks for sharing!♥

    4 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Your beading is beautiful. Your work is a tribute to your heritage!

    4 years ago

  • lemondropbay

    lemondropbay says:

    Your work is amazing! You truely are a talent to behold...how lucky are we to know of you and share in your gift.

    4 years ago

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca says:

    Oh! Tara! I love her! & what an amazing experience for you, too! Beautiful! Too many exclamation points! Hooray!

    4 years ago

  • knottyandnyce

    knottyandnyce says:

    Great story Mabel! Your work is absolutely beautiful!

    4 years ago

  • estilopronta

    estilopronta says:

    She is so adorable. I really admire her. Thanks for sharing this inspiring post. Maru

    4 years ago

  • lilpeachcookie

    lilpeachcookie says:

    Her work is just too gorgeous, I can't get over how lovely it is! I am also native, but I can't make anything as beautiful as that, such a lovely gift she has!

    4 years ago

  • FrancesPhotography

    FrancesPhotography says:

    Oh these are gorgeous - amazing that she has been doing this all of her life! What a passion and what a lovely lady! I would love to purchase some of the mocassins!

    4 years ago

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky says:

    Those Mocc's look so warm and toasty!

    4 years ago

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs says:

    Beautiful!!! Thanks so much for sharing! ;)

    4 years ago

  • buttonarcade

    buttonarcade says:

    Gunalchéesh, Etsy!♥ Elders like Mabel are the reason I am a crafter today.

    4 years ago

  • itbaus

    itbaus says:

    You are so beautiful and your eyes so deep, sharp and full of passion. I want to be like you!

    4 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    What a beautiful interview and fine work. She reminds me of my Hawaiian Tutu, grandmother. Love the beautiful features! Aloha

    4 years ago

  • Meliscraft

    Meliscraft says:

    They are amazing..The culture is very important..We must keep them..

    4 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Beautiful work, fabulous story its important to keep traditional crafts going otherwise they just get lost in time.

    4 years ago

  • beliz82

    beliz82 says:

    Amazing video and love ,love and love the story and your work !!! Wish i could be like you when i will be 91. Thank you very much for sharing !!!

    4 years ago

  • AnnaDenise

    AnnaDenise says:

    Great video. What an inspiring woman. So sharp, funny, ant talented. I hope I grow old like that. She reminds me of my grandmother, who makes handmade sewn Christmas cards for all her children and 34 grandchildren. She starts somewhere in the summer to get them all done. It always reminds me of what handmade's really about. About showing your love for people by the attention that someone paid to make a beautiful design.

    4 years ago

  • sassefrass

    sassefrass says:

    handcrafted Native wares = Priceless Treasures! I absolutely love this article, but not as much as I love those tan mocassin boots :))

    4 years ago

  • PixiePod

    PixiePod says:

    How wonderful! It is such a natural talent, hope the skills never die and get passed from generation to generation. My Nana taught me a lot of my hand skills, I am so grateful, they keep me sane! xx

    4 years ago

  • DSepulveda

    DSepulveda says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, I agree with her so much when she explains how she feels about her craft and about having to part with one of her creations. Thanks again, very inspirational.

    4 years ago

  • CenteredClayWorks

    CenteredClayWorks says:

    What a wonderful story - it's so good to hear about people passing their skills to the next generation. And it's inspiring to see that next generation enthused about it. We visited a wonderful little Indian museum between Denver and Estes Park that was loaded down with Indian beadwork. I encourage anyone in the area to visit there.

    4 years ago

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn says:

    I would love to sit with this lady and enjoy a cup of tea and conversation. She is a woman with so many stories to tell and her passion is amazing. What a role model for us who strive to create!

    4 years ago

  • iluxo

    iluxo says:

    A beautiful and intriguing story. Wish I could find her work somewhere online to purchase :)

    4 years ago

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt says:

    oh Mabel your work is just so rich and beautiful and the feature was very touching thank you

    4 years ago

  • allisonstrine

    allisonstrine says:

    What a beautifully created story! The way the portrait was shot and edited is a perfect complement to Mabel's beading history.

    4 years ago

  • doveandflower

    doveandflower says:

    I'm putting a pair of Mabel's moccasins on the top of my wish list. Such a beautiful lady and a beautiful little short.

    4 years ago

  • chickfamilyink

    chickfamilyink says:

    glad to see your style back. I really missed the opening music.

    4 years ago

  • CarlasFunkyArt

    CarlasFunkyArt says:

    How inspirational, and the beading is beautiful! Great story!

    4 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    How beautiful this all is!

    4 years ago

  • FranniesHeart

    FranniesHeart says:

    Beautiful work. I love this inspirational story.

    4 years ago

  • TerraRed

    TerraRed says:

    Ohh!!! wonderful gorgeous detail work. it seem so much care has been put into it. Love it!

    4 years ago

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet says:

    Gorgeous work Mabel! This is the best article I've seen on here since I've been a member. Truly inspiring, thanks Tara!

    4 years ago

  • grannysthimble

    grannysthimble says:

    Mabel, you are an inspiration to all. Thank you for sharing you beautiful work.

    4 years ago

  • tfamily5

    tfamily5 says:

    Beautiful, simply lovley person. Good luck to you!

    4 years ago

  • marysworkshop

    marysworkshop says:

    Thank you Etsy for sharing Mabel's story with us. You have touched many hearts today!

    4 years ago

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou says:

    Amazing!

    4 years ago

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy says:

    Gorgeous work and such an inspiring woman. Great post!

    4 years ago

  • TheVintageDesignShop

    TheVintageDesignShop says:

    Thank you for sharing Mabel Pike's story and the lovely beadwork of the Tlingit. :)

    4 years ago

  • loveineverything

    loveineverything says:

    Beautiful! Very inspiring.

    4 years ago

  • SuesCraft

    SuesCraft says:

    Beautiful :)

    4 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    Mabel, you're an inspiration, & I hope you've passed on your skills to later generations. I was taught woodworking by my Grandfather, starting when I was so small I had to stand on a lemonade crate to reach the workbench... I sure hope I'm still going strong when I'm 91!

    4 years ago

  • extase

    extase says:

    what a wonderful portrait! beautiful work by a lovely and inspiring woman.

    4 years ago

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry says:

    Lovely film, and such beautiful work! That would be great if Mabel would open an Etsy shop!

    4 years ago

  • FlowerGlassArt

    FlowerGlassArt says:

    A great video. It shows the passion which Mabel gives into her works. Loved it!

    4 years ago

  • momomadeit

    momomadeit says:

    truly wonderful story... too bad more heritage isn't passed down this way. Thank you for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • pillowfactory

    pillowfactory says:

    i just lose myself in it.. this is so beautiful, thank you!

    4 years ago

  • DebsWhimsicalDesigns

    DebsWhimsicalDesigns says:

    Such a fantastic story - I wanted to hear more! Her work is truly an art!

    4 years ago

  • Sofix

    Sofix says:

    wow. this is amazing work! I hope you doing good. Good luck.

    4 years ago

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt says:

    You know, sometimes these videos give me the warm little willies...THIS was one of them. Thank you Mabel Pike for doing what you do! ~C.L. Hildebrandt

    4 years ago

  • AnnieofBlueGables

    AnnieofBlueGables says:

    Did all her articles sell after this video? I tried to purchase a pair and cannot find her ANYWHERE on this site.

    4 years ago

  • Tsoniki

    Tsoniki says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I love being able to see Native elders tell their stories. To the previous poster looking to buy - you can buy her things through the Heritage Center online shop.

    4 years ago

  • maclancy

    maclancy says:

    Mabel you are AMAZING! thanks for the article Tara!

    4 years ago

  • genisepark

    genisepark says:

    I want to be doing what I love when I am 91 too. Such an inspiration. I too was passed along some gifts of creating. Beautiful work.

    4 years ago

  • Donauluft

    Donauluft says:

    So heartwarming! this is what I call creative flow! Thanks for sharing this wonderful portrait!

    4 years ago

  • FoxAndClover

    FoxAndClover says:

    Thank you for showing us your beautiful Tlingit craftwork Mabel. Big respect to you. I would love to see more traditional and native work on Etsy. Good luck and best wishes!

    4 years ago

  • HazelHoney

    HazelHoney says:

    I love that something so simple makes her days complete. I want to go bead now!

    4 years ago

  • laurastark

    laurastark says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. I think it is so important that we see these traditions that might be lost. It's also great to hear the voice of an elder artisan. Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin says:

    Mabel's moccasins are breathtaking. Thank you for sharing Ms. Pike and her art with us!

    4 years ago

  • designlab443

    designlab443 says:

    Wonderful video, thank you for sharing your spirit.

    4 years ago

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions says:

    Thank you Mabel for being a true artisan and thank you Etsy for promoting her work. We really appreciate being able to learn about all of the different people that access this site.

    4 years ago

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours says:

    Beautiful work . You can tell she loves what she makes.

    4 years ago

  • FoundVintageStyle

    FoundVintageStyle says:

    This must be what keeps her so young- FANTASTIC! Very, very inspiring. My grandmother painted her whole adult life- I hope to be able to be creative forever as well. Thank you for the lovely portrait of this talented, remarkable woman.

    4 years ago

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance says:

    gorgeous! i hope im still (capable of) creating at 91. thank you mabel for sharing your story with us. heres to getting lost in creative work : )

    4 years ago

  • Portraitss

    Portraitss says:

    A very beautiful story and moccasins also. Portraits

    4 years ago

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry says:

    Eyak clan I love you!!! By far this is etsy's classiest blog entry!!!

    4 years ago

  • thetailorsstories

    thetailorsstories says:

    Really really great article. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    4 years ago

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful comments! I am so thankful I had the opportunity to meet Mabel and work with the folks at the Alaska Native Arts Foundation. Presently Mabel does not have an Etsy shop because she doesn't own a computer! But you can find her work and other Native made work at alaskanativearts.org. And you can search Etsy for Native American work as well...

    4 years ago

  • irisbiran

    irisbiran says:

    So beautiful and exciting to explore an art& culture that's far away from me, and it's also gives me a king of warmth to see Mabel creating it.

    4 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Mabel - you're an inspiration! Again proving, the old ways are the best ways. Peace to you.

    4 years ago

  • camilita

    camilita says:

    I was so inspired by Mebel!!! Not only the story behind her creations, but the fact that she, herself told us about it. I want to be like her when I get to be her age. It's so nice that you (Etsy) will bring such a beautiful story of some one that doesn't even have an Etsy shop ! Good for you Etsy!

    4 years ago

  • camilita

    camilita says:

    Sorry....typo...Mabel !

    4 years ago

  • WorldStudio

    WorldStudio says:

    Beautiful, thank you!

    4 years ago

  • shop1848

    shop1848 says:

    Gorgeous work!

    4 years ago

  • MariesFiber

    MariesFiber says:

    Wonderful article, very creative and clever. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • TheScarletSageTree

    TheScarletSageTree says:

    I'm so glad I stumbled on this precious article - Mabel, your work is so very beautiful, and what makes it even more lovely is the heritage it's steeped in - an art that you learned from your grandma, and that you too are sharing with newer generations...heartwarming :) You must start an Etsy shop if you haven't already! May you continue to create, inspire, shine!

    4 years ago

  • CandleSeries

    CandleSeries says:

    Beautiful piece of art! Very inspiring for me. Wishing her got good health, so she can create more and more beautiful works. Cheers! (^^)_v

    4 years ago

  • ZULYA

    ZULYA says:

    Perfect job!

    4 years ago

  • Danideng

    Danideng says:

    So beautiful work!! thanks a lot !

    4 years ago

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts says:

    What a beautiful person Mabel is and what a wonderful story - I am starting to save up for a pair of those moccasins! I can't even imagine owning something made with that kind of skill and passion!

    4 years ago

  • nfractal

    nfractal says:

    I loved the video so beautiful thank you!

    4 years ago

  • EmmaLamb

    EmmaLamb says:

    Wonderful portrait, one of my favourites... Thank you... :)

    4 years ago

  • angeliqueshome

    angeliqueshome says:

    I really love your work Mabel, I enjoy the traditional & non traditional work from my native New Zealand I can see similarties. This is how I would like to be when I am 90!!!

    4 years ago

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking says:

    Mabel. you truly are a gem and an inspiration ! I would love to learn your craft. May you continue to do what you love.

    4 years ago

  • jill2day

    jill2day says:

    thank you Mabel.

    4 years ago

  • GreenCleanToys

    GreenCleanToys says:

    Mabel has a beautiful spirit! Thank you for sharing! LOVE your work!

    4 years ago

  • gigantour

    gigantour says:

    her life is expressed through her work and Mabel's work is beautiful. Mabel shows that we are capable of so much at every age. I too hate to part with finished pieces.

    4 years ago

  • 1900sBride

    1900sBride says:

    Mabel I enjoyed your feature so much. When I was a little girl and I am 60 now..my grandparents brought back seal skin beaded moccassins from a vacation and I'm thinking it was Alaska. I remember I thought they looked like animals because they used real animal fur on them, but they kept them at the side of their bed and used them every morning when walking on the cold floors. Thank you for bringing back a memory for me and your work is so beautiful and now I see why they brought home moccassins as a useful gift from Alaska...

    4 years ago

  • ThrowbackReflections

    ThrowbackReflections says:

    Thank you for showing your lovely crafts. You remind me of my grandma. You a such a sweet lady ! So beautiful.

    4 years ago

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops says:

    Beautiful work.

    4 years ago

  • SpiritedWoodland

    SpiritedWoodland says:

    Love this piece - I made sure to share. Beyond inspiring... I also watched several times...

    4 years ago

  • stacymyjane

    stacymyjane says:

    Wonderful, heartwarming piece! Inspiring and I love Mabel's passion! She reminds me SO much of my grandmother, looks like her too! Thanks so much for sharing this and reminding us that we need to preserve our culture!

    4 years ago

  • bertazimdars

    bertazimdars says:

    On this snowy day in Minnesota, you and your story have made my heart smile. Thank you for your work.

    4 years ago

  • HihloStudio

    HihloStudio says:

    I'm so glad I saw this today. It really warmed my heart to see Mabel's story. She is such an inspiraiton.

    4 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle says:

    Wonderful to see this!

    3 years ago

  • megk8199

    Megan Morris from MadebyMegShop says:

    Thank you for bringing this back and sharing this beautiful woman and her work with those of us who may have missed it the first time around. My thoughts and prayers are with this wonderful woman's family.

    3 years ago

  • AnnaBear200

    Anna Woehling from JewelsByAnna says:

    That's is absolutely amazing. I want a pair of those moccasins! And she is 91! God bless her

    3 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat says:

    Mabel was a truly inspiring lady, she will be sorely missed.

    3 years ago

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin says:

    this is a heartwarming feature ~ her quality shines in both spirit and craft

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie says:

    You're so cute as well as your work and story! :)

    3 years ago

  • DirtyRedBandanna

    Chelsea Palmer from DirtyRedBandanna says:

    I love this beautiful tender story. Thank you.

    3 years ago

  • lkmccray

    Linzee from lkmccray says:

    Oh, to be losing yourself in the work you love at age 91! What a wonderful film about a person who is a role model on many levels. Thank you for reminding us of Mabel.

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage says:

    Wonderful lady with incredible talent! Beautiful work!

    3 years ago

  • PlumeandPetals

    Cynthia from PlumeandPetals says:

    What a wonderful story! It is truly a heart warming feature.

    3 years ago

  • jbeaudet

    Jennifer Beaudet from JBeaudetStudios says:

    Gorgeous work Mabel! This is the best article I've seen on here since I've been a member. Truly inspiring, thanks Tara! This is the same post I posted a year ago but it's still true!:)

    3 years ago

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique says:

    Such beautiful work, and such a beautiful tradition too!

    3 years ago

  • Arthings

    Margherita from Arthings says:

    very sad notice.. Thank you Mabel Pike for your beautiful works!

    3 years ago

  • spontaneousreality

    Spontaneous Reality from spontaneousreality says:

    Such precious creations from a beautiful soul, thanks for sharing this gem!

    3 years ago

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty says:

    Eternal artwork!!!

    3 years ago

  • BigBadBuddha

    BigBadBuddha from BigBadBuddha says:

    Passion is ageless

    3 years ago

  • liddysopretty
  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv says:

    So neat. And so much patience you must have to do such intricate work all the time!

    3 years ago

  • Rembrandtrocks

    Celena McMahon from Rembrandtrocks says:

    How incredibly Beautiful-We MISS you already Mabel! I even love your precious Name as it is a reminder of worlds past and precious. My own Grandpa lived til he was 95- which is a long time and he too was an artist and did waddling on Wood! Love the unique article. We miss you Mabel may your work carry on!! Rembrandtrocks! Rembrandtrocks!

    3 years ago

  • funnydays

    funnydays from funnydays says:

    Wonderful article and work!

    3 years ago

  • Kaylawave

    Kayla Jurgens from waterandroots says:

    I am Tlingit and was extremely proud when this was posted a year ago. Everyone in the Alaskan community are so sad we lost someone with such knowledge. She taught many!

    3 years ago

  • madebyVanda

    Handmadeby Vanda from madebyVanda says:

    Wonderful :)

    3 years ago

  • ahiparagirl

    Rachelle from ahiparagirl says:

    She reminds me of my grandmother who worked with her hands as well. I am very sad to hear of her loss, our loss (the world) but also inspired that she made an impact and grateful it was captured for the world to see. Her life was a gift she used wisely. Thank God for women like Mabel. x

    3 years ago

  • uniquefabricgifts

    Unique Fabric Gifts from uniquefabricgifts says:

    Very inspiring and beautiful video and article!

    3 years ago

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth says:

    ♥♥♥

    3 years ago

  • cousinpatty

    Pat Kennedy from cousinpatty says:

    How wonderful! What a talented lady and I do understand how she hates to part with her creations. I think I put a little piece of myself into every one I make as well. Happy Beading Mabel!

    3 years ago

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket says:

    Love all the details. You're terrific, Mabel!

    3 years ago

  • mehndiart09

    Fauzia from mehndiart09 says:

    Sad to hear she passed away. How wonderful that she shared her talent with so many.

    3 years ago

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami says:

    Beautiful works!

    3 years ago

  • brainfart

    brainfart says:

    Beautiful Mable ! I am so proud of my heritage ! I am Northern Mountain Maidu.Her voice and speech pattern reminded me of my late Mom . Her silver hair and the picture of her and husband on the wall my dad was navy. Her beautiful dark eyes . I never met Mable but I fell she was a very wise Elder, and also a true artist . Lovely beading , My heart goes out to her family and friends may peace be with you ! Remember we are all connected . Good Bye Mable !

    3 years ago

  • schneidersarah

    Sarah Schneider from Quelquepart says:

    What a beautiful art! I would love to have that much patience to complete such masterpieces.

    3 years ago

  • gypsumrose

    Levi Emerson from gypsumrose says:

    gorgeous! inspiring story, i loved it :) the deep history of her craft leaves me in awe <3

    3 years ago

  • kimmchi

    Kimm Alfonso from kimmchi says:

    oh, so moved by this, she reminds me of every woman who has taught me how to make things with my hands for the past 37 years, the focus, passion and love is all there! I'm so sorry for her passing.

    3 years ago

  • thewomensrepublic

    Sara Brazil from SararaVintage says:

    This touched my heart and as a person of Native heritage, I am so happy to see this etsy feature. I feel her work and place in her culture will be continued through the generations she taught and inspired just like those before her. Her hands were amazing to watch, great video!

    3 years ago

  • bhangtiez

    Jana from bhangtiez says:

    Lovely story............thank u so much for sharing it with us!

    3 years ago

  • cabinwindows

    Patti from cabinwindows says:

    I wish her a safe journey to the other side..her beadwork is amazing..especially love the mocs with the shooting star flowers on them Chi Miigwech (many thanks) for this blog about such an amazing elder

    3 years ago

  • RollingHillsVintage

    Anita from RollingHillsVintage says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this touching story. What a beautiful person!

    3 years ago

  • AlternativeJournals

    Celine from AlternativeJournals says:

    She is great :)

    3 years ago

  • Apseed

    Ira from Apseed says:

    It inspired me very much! And It's truly sad to her she passed away.

    3 years ago

  • MomsantiquesNthings

    Janine from MomsantiquesNthings says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Mabel's family for their loss, her passion for her talent are clearly seen in the detail and beauty of her work, she was and still is an inspiration for many.

    3 years ago

  • SoulfulStuff

    Karynlee Awianidv Berstecher from SoulfulStuff says:

    Wado/sgi (thank you in Cherokee) for being such a bright light and quiet inspiration to us all, Mabel! Tohidv (peace) and prayers to Mabel's family and friends....she will live on in your love and her breathtakingly beautiful work! Wado to ETSY for taking the time to re-post this....the elders are a precious gift to us and we must continue to re-member all the wisdom they have shared.

    3 years ago

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    Carolyn S. Miller from AutumnLeavesJewelry says:

    sad news, but her amazing story will live on...

    3 years ago

  • sewlola

    lola from dearvintagecupboard says:

    Beautiful story and work. Very inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • dekoprojects

    Aneta from dekoprojects says:

    Wonderful article. Thanks to Twitter I am here. I was curious about the person and now I am suprised. The age doesn't matter. But I think we, people of civilisation, are destined to forget a big part our culture. History already shows it.

    3 years ago

  • TheFeltingPenguin

    Jenny from TheFeltingPenguin says:

    Touching and uplifting ... thank you for sharing your story Mabel.

    3 years ago

  • SkyBlueAngel

    SkyBlueAngel says:

    wow, leaves me breathless! So inspirational...

    3 years ago

  • noradaily

    Norajuku from NORAJUKU says:

    Awesome! Mabel was a beautiful woman & a true inspiration.

    3 years ago

  • BohemianCowboy

    Garry Garrison from BohemianCowboy says:

    bless her heart and soul her talents and knowledge will be missed

    3 years ago

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations says:

    This is beautiful. What a cool woman.

    3 years ago

  • noponcho

    Lyndsay Kotalik says:

    Mabel made my mother's seal skin slippers almost 30 years ago. The bottoms were replaced with cow hide about ten years ago but with almost daily wear they are nearly always complimented. Mine are 15 years old and nearly perfect. Mabel also volunteered in Anchorage schools and taught me bead embroidery in mr. Little's 3rd grade class. I think of her almost daily (my feet get cold a lot) she will be missed terribly.

    3 years ago

  • vicitra

    vocantos@hotmail.com vero says:

    cuanto amor,DIOS LA TENGA EN SU GLORIA

    3 years ago

  • DeLuka

    DeLuka from DeLuka says:

    Peace be with her. I loved her shop and always wanted a pair of her moccasins. I pray that her talent and cultural heritage has spread among her peers and will live on.

    3 years ago

  • ezliving

    ezliving from ezliving says:

    So beautiful! and thank you! for showing us your lovely work crafts!

    3 years ago

  • akinto

    cindy santos from akinto says:

    she is an amazing woman, her passion for her craft is very inspiring and worth emulating!

    3 years ago

  • Zalavintage

    Zane Saracene from Zalavintage says:

    Mabel leaves us with her treasures and spirit... makes me sad to realize just how much we are losing as a society when we waste our dollars on disposable fashion that someone says is what you should wear right now and then we just toss at the end of the season because it's made so poorly and look what we could be owning instead, living history and gorgeous comfort!

    3 years ago

  • HanaKratochvil

    Hana Kratochvil, HK Silk from HanaKratochvil says:

    Touching and uplifting. Thank you so much for sharing this touching story. HK

    3 years ago

  • ShannonLTalton

    Shannon L Talton from ArtNSilk says:

    My grandmothers were both seamstresses and this makes me think of them. I remember how painful their old hands looked when the sewed. I wonder what happened to Gma M's treadle singer sewing machine.

    3 years ago