There are a times for laughter and times for tears🌸

My daughter picked two colors and in my heart I knew it would be turquoise and some kind of red. 

The traditional colors I have seen are usually red, blue, black and white.  Front shields are usually five lines of beads like above.  The straps are also usually five as well.  

I picked thirteen for lines of beads for the shoulder straps – at her age is when I decided to make my first daughter her parka.  I don’t remember what age I was when I received my parka but I believe it was completed in 1992 – 1994. 

I sit in the corner couch under the light and work.  My daughter says, “your artsy cute corner.”  

Above is the shield that is the center piece front and back.  I am semi satisfied – mostly due to a recent visit to the UAF Museum of the North which will be a later story due to significant discovery.  I am at awe with findings that I want to share with great detail!  

Above is full center piece in one.  I will leave pictures as they are – so you can see them by the entirety. 

Sad tears are falling

Before the snow came falling down my flowers were still blooming.  They are not lilac but it is close enough color to honor my dear sister/cousin Dawn Blythe Egoak.  We love you and will miss you.  🌸 Dawn’s family, relatives and her many friends are hurting – please pray for them.  She was full of love for her children and had memorable stories that’ll remain with us.  Love you Dawn. 

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, 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

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