Smoky Fairbanks = sewing

The sewing is calling again with the forest fire in the air. I am aiming with a needle to sew this weekend; qaspeq or atkucuaq (little fur parka). I plan to cut out a pattern with materials and measure out my fur parka.

Before the heavy smoke was blown this way from the southwest of here, I had the opportunity to get out into the wild 😜.

Before stores or ships with western goods arrived to AK, we already had a chewing gum, spruce sap. While on the trail or out and about – vegetables were a hand pick away, fireweed. Soup was never far with a hand made wooden bowl – burl.

With this smoky air, I will imagine as a snow storm and I shall do my sewing!!

The center is the back of an Arctic Ground Squirrel and sides are the belly part of the squirrels.

Piurci ❤️🌸

Author: Nasek'taq

Alaska Native Artist. Yup'ik woman from Akiacuaq (Akiachak) Alaska. I am in the process of making a Yup'ik woman's traditional fancy parka and a child size parka made out of Arctic Ground Squirrel and other Alaskan furs.