Do you have any collections?

I have clean skinned moose legs and a few wandering caribou leg furs for boots for me someday when I have time! I want a party after I cook everything from my freezer (not that are burnt) – so I can get extra hands to soften my squirrels after I’ve cleaned them! Won’t that be fun?!? I have a collection of furs that are from Alaska but maybe not the calfskins and a few leathers! I love the colors of the sea otter face and head area when it’s faded from brownish fur and the feel of the fur is soft warm! I have a collection of furs! Some have no fur at all for bottom soles! Long hair to short hair calfskins! I have some yarns to help sew in between and that helps to waterproof! I have a collection of beads, walrus ivory, and wood! The collection of furs must come with strength of mending with strings! I have a collection of carving knives and a few hand saws and a few pieces of wood to carve someday! I have several scissors and few protected sharps that shouldn’t leave their spots! I have a few sewing machines and a few guitars to keep me in tune! I have several tables for my reachable items and to eat my kumlaneq (frozen white fish) and hot soups!! I have a few small bowls for uquq to eat with dried meat/fish and greens! I have a collection of uluat (plural for uluaq). I love eating several types of salmons! I have a small collection of socks that I wear for certain events! I have two collections of Toyota Tacomas I love driving manual! I love collecting naturally eatable plants in Alaska!

Tanning Arctic Ground Squirrels

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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