(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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