Yup'ik/Alaska Native contemporary and traditional arts and crafts
Quick peek of Shield process
I thought I would give a quick peek of the shields I am working on; it’s still calfskin- since I am past the mark of where I am nearly at – I thought I’d still with what am making. With the child parka I will make out of caribou and squirrels.
I can see clearly now 🎼. Light and microscope helping with the progress.
The tassels will be half inch wide. Here is a mess to get them going;
Now the good news; eldest daughter going to state tennis tournament 😆❤️🌸
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/.
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