Born in Eek, AK. Specializes in intricate large masks.
I learned the art of carving, from my father, at a very young age, when I was growing up in Eek, Alaska, at the mouth of the Kuskokwim River. I was given my Grandfathers curved carving knife, by my Grandmother, when she saw that I would be the one to use it. Throughout my childhood, I carved hunting implements, as well as carved masked, from the stories that I have heard from my Grandmother. My work reflects traditional masks as well as traditional accoutrements that are used in traditional and cultural ceremonies. I use traditional means to develop my art, and is currently transferring that knowledge to my Grandchildren.
My artwork has been displayed at the American History and Arts Museum, Smithsonian in Washington DC, as well as in Museums within the State of Alaska. My life size figure photos, of me dancing with my mask, is featured at the Smithsonian, as well as at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, in Anchorage Alaska. The photo was also featured at the exhibit of Yupik Artifacts, at the Anchorage Museum. Also my mask was also featured on the Alaskan Float at the Tournament of Roses, in Pasadena California. I have also traveled and performed, with my mask at Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, as well as at the American History and Arts Museum in Lower Manhattan, NYC. I am also featured with my mask, in a book called, “The Living Tradition of Yupik Masks: Agayuliyararput: Our Way of Making Prayer” written by Ann Fienup- Riordan. I was also interviewed by a film crew, who came from the Musee du Quai Branly / Musuem in Paris France, in 2008, and the documentary was about Yupik Masks.
Although I have not received “formal training” in a non-native sense, I have received a real formal training from my Father, as well as from my Grandmother and my artwork reflects my Tradition as well as my Peoples Culture, who resided at the Mouth of the Kuskokwim River.