🌸Pink for cause #3; We caribou’t you🌸

After working on this side project; trimmed and shaved caribou hide – I am debating to switch from calf skin to the authentic caribou hide for the Qaliq women’s parka.  I really like the natural caribou color with the squirrel!  

I am thinking that it’ll be best to stick with caribou on the parka project!  I am going to do it!!!!

I think trimmed caribou is soft and amazingly workable!!  I have been aiming to get this art piece done before tomorrow but I don’t think I will but some how way or other I will! 

“We caribou’t you!”

“We caribou’t you!” The title of this art piece is to honor all the fighters and those who lost the battle to breast cancer – I know it’s not much but I want to give back to what was gifted to me.  

This will be donated to an event that is here is Fairbanks; BCDC 2017 Gala, Bra-HA-HA FUNraiser at the Westmark Hotel on September 30, 6 pm!  

Yupik traditional women’s parka is made from squirrels and caribou and all other trims by wolf, wolverine, and land otter.  Red simplizes life.  This art piece has many options; wall hanging, part of a purse, or sewn onto a quspeq or sweater or made into a decorative bag.  I have decided to leave it as it is for now – maybe tomorrow I will add an alder stick to help for hanging on the wall.   
I have really enjoyed this side project.  Quyanaqvaa Agayun Jesus!❤️🌸

Author: Nasek'taq

Merna Wharton “Nasek’taq” is Yup'ik from Akiacuaq (Akiachak) lives in Anchorage Alaska. Merna is an Alaska Native artist, poet, traditional and contemporary seamstress, carver, gatherer of greens and berries, and loves the outdoors of Alaska! Merna enjoys finding art in natural elements and shares her experiences through her website, nasektaq.com. Merna crafts to preserve her culture and art and shares her worldview from a remote village Yup’ik girl’s perspective with a glimpse of life in Alaska in her writing and poems. More information about her art can be found at https://www.rasmuson.org/49writers/artist-profile/merna-wharton/.