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Alvin Aningayou

Yupiq Carver

Gambell, Alaska

Alvin Aningayou is a Yupiq carver who scrimshaws his intricately carved animals in the tradition of Saint Lawrence Island work. Using the customary materials of walrus and whalebone, he carves seals and whales and then painstakingly stipples pigment onto them, gradually adding shading and other details. Aningayou, who learned the techniques from his father and brother, now supports his family with his work.

Donor -This award was generously supported by the Rasmuson Foundation.

This artist page was last updated on: 07.08.2024