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Susie


Silook

Susie Silook
Yupik/Inupiaq Carver
Adak, AK
2007

This award was generously supported by the Rasmuson Foundation.
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Susie Silook is a Yupik/Inupiaq writer, carver, and sculptor. The ancestral ivory dolls of Saint Lawrence, traditionally carved by men, are the basis of her work. While she works in the traditional media of ivory and whalebone, her themes are the contemporary issues confronting Native Alaskans, particularly women, with a specific focus on violence against Native women. Silook also departs from tradition by depicting women in her carvings rather than the animals most commonly rendered by men.