Alutiiq Mask Maker and Carver Anchorage, AK
2009 USA Fellow
This award was generously supported by the Rasmuson Foundation. _
Perry Eaton draws from his Alutiiq heritage to carve tradition-based Sugpiaq Alutiiq masks. Fewer than 150 original Alutiiq masks still exist. Once deemed heretical by Russian and American colonizers, these masks are now in collections all over the world. During the 1990s, Eaton and a few others began traveling to study the masks and revive this forgotten tradition. Besides making his own carvings, Eaton, who studied art at Gray Harbor Community College, is a dedicated teacher at youth camps and cultural organizations.
Portrait photo courtesy the artist.
The Glenn Godfrey Mask, 2009; photo courtesy William Anderson