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Art & Archaeology

August 27, 2014

IMG_4563John Smith is a master carver in Quinhagak and a fantastic artist. The last few weeks he’s been busy making pendants and figurines for the Nunalleq crew – some replicas IMG_4561of the archaeological finds, and some inspired by the finds and the Alaska environment – many foxes, bears and whales. Among the finds were this fossil mammoth ivory pendant, found by John’s grandson Mike in the screen. It was John who recognized the ivory as mammoth – due to its color. John regularly comes to camp to talk to us, tell us about Yup’ik culture and study the artefacts, and the night the ivory pendants came in he studied them carefully, and traced the mammoth pendant. The next day Mike found a pendant on his bedside table… silent gift from his granddad. 

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