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The Bone Carver


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(Music by Matt Abeysekera)

As a young boy on King Island, Sylvester Ayek learned the ways of his Iñupiat elders: hunting, foraging, and the craft of carving walrus ivory and wood. Today, he sells his artwork to support his traditional subsistence lifestyle, struggling to maintain Iñupiat ways in a quickly changing world.

For more information about subsistence living and Alaska Native Peoples sale of ivory, read the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidelines.

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  • weirdwolf Admin

    Tara Young from kinfolks says: Featured

    Spending the day out on the frozen Bering Sea with Sylvester was just mind-blowing. Even though subsistence seems like a hard way to live what a an incredible way to spend your days... Thank you for the thoughtful comments!

    1 year ago