Inspiration is from you 🌸

I have to say – friends and family inspire even when it’s sandpaper vs sandpaper or a soft tissue vs tough nose; I have learned to avoid being irritated by fur, that is sewing from fur side of the skin. Squirrel parkas were sewn by fur side and it makes sense now that I have experienced it and I love it!!!! Changing for the better does help improve the quality of life = quality of wear.

Your support by just checking my site helps me to move forward and strive to finish – Quyana cakneq!

Start of the hood. Lots of measuring has caused set back but I will keep moving forward.

Cutting the bottom to match my parka was difficult but thankful I found a ruler that’s angled for shoulders, I was able to come close to the shape.

I am working on the hood and the front near the neck. I am sewing piece by piece after I measure my parka. I may need to revisit the museum to inspect the front neck area.

Even behind these beautiful pictures, there are real struggles – furs in different shapes and sizes, cracked fingers, and time management with work, family and parka project multiply that by personalities equals patience plus lots of praying and forgiveness of self and others. You all are furtastic!

Pray always ❤️🌸 God will answer❤️

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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