Tribal Expressions Annex

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View our wide seletcion of work
by Stanley Clifford Hunt

View our selection of turned wood bowls
by Nathan Hart

Beaded pouch by Jackie Bread -SOLD

Art Thompson Moon Mask

Moon Mask by Art Thompson

Whalebone Bear Transformation by Richard Olanna - 8x8x5 - $900

Seal Scrimshaw

This swimming spotted seal with baleen inlay and scrimshaw was expertly carved by Clifford Apatiki of Gambel,Alaska. 5 x 1 x 2 - $980

Polar Bear Shaman by Richard Olanna 14x22x18 - $8800

Edward Tocktoo drummer

Bone Drummer by Edward Tocktoo 16x12x17 - $1100

Carved Scapula by Edwin Weyiouanna 14x11x5 $200

Drummer and Dancers on Whale Scapula by Bill Jones

Aaron Oseuk Ivory Walrus - 2.75" x 3.5" - $280

Archie Slwooko - mother and pup walrus carved from walrus jawbone - 3.5" x 7" x 4.5" - $320

Wilson Okoomealingok bear

Wilson Okoomealingok small ivory walking bear
1.5" x 3"x 1" -$300

James Uglowook bear

James Uglowook walking bear
1.5" x 3.5" x 1.5" - $310


Ram by Fred Pusharuk

Hunter with Seal skin bag by Fred Nayokpuk

Alaskan Bone carving

Ike Kulowiyi Shaman & Walrus in whalebone & fossil ivory 9x9x6 $sold

Ricky Kuzuquk Drummer & Dancer
7.25" high - $200

Ricky Kuzuquk -Rib bone drummer $290

Ricky Kuzuquk - Jaw bone drummer 6" x 6"x 5" -$450

James Aningayou Kodiak bear -5" tall $450

Snow Geese

Snow Geese by Hubert Kokuluk - Goose on base

Jamie Oozeva -Whalebone bear - 9x5x7 - $650

Ivory Bears

Wilson Okoomealingok IvoryBears on Baleen - $500

Whale Bone Box

Box made of whale bone with a carved ivory bear by Bernard Toolie - 5" diameter 4" high $550


Chocolate brown whalebone polar bear by Wilson Oozeva - 8" x 13 1/2" x 8" - $700


Navajo folk art by Travis Emerson


Alaskan Walrus Ivory and Whalebone

The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 protects the walrus herds and allows them to maintain a healthy population off the cost of Alaska. Alaskan Natives (Aleuts, Eskimos, and Indians) who dwell on the coast of the NorthPacific Ocean of on the Arctic Ocean are exempt from the act and may take walrus or other marine mammals if used for subsistence. Under the act, only authentic Native articles of hand crafts or clothing may be sold or transferred to a non-Native.

New ivory or fresh ivory (tusks and teeth) are extracted from walrus hunted by the Eskimos and the Inuit. Ivory carving can also be taken from walrus that wash up on beaches along the western and northern coast lines of Alaska.

New walrus ivory is mostly white. At the center is a wide distinctive mottled core likened by some to the appearance of tapioca pudding. Surrounding the core is a broad layer of smooth off-white ivory without any distinguishing grain. The outer ivory layer is white.

Alaskan fossil walrus ivory is among the rarest and most beautiful of the ivory available today. "Harvested" by Native residents along the coastal beaches, fossil ivory originates from Walrus that died approximately100 to 2000 years ago. Fossil ivory is slightly colored. The distinctive color is the result of staining caused by mineral deposits that have accumulated over the centuries. Originally white in color, the ivory has slowly taken on an exotic array of color, ranging from tan to brown, and from orange to dark red.

All ivory and marine mammal products sold at Tribal Expressions are of authentic Native origin and are sold in full compliance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.


Virtually all tribes in the Arctic region used kayaks at one time. Kayaks are used primarily for hunting and netting in the ocean and rivers. Kayaks are proven to be extremely sturdy, maneuverable, and virtually unsinkable. Their lightweight feature makes them especially adaptable to hauling across land or ice. In earlier times they were man's most prized possession and served as a symbol of manhood.

Whatever design the kayak's skeleton is of driftwood usually fir, pine, spruce, or willow, and the preferred covering is sealskin or sea lion skin, with the fur removed. Skins are well soaked stretched over the frame, and sewn together with sinew. Made waterproof with Seal oil.

The usual method of propelling a kayak is with a single or double-blade paddles, the later being employed when speed is important. An arrangement of deck lashings are arranged to hold paddles, weapons and accessories. Just ahead of the paddler a stand or low tray on low legs, holds coiled harpoon line; and under the deck lashings hold lances, darts, and harpoons. The Field Museum in Chicago, has a video showing a man paddling a kayak to the edge of the ice. After slipping free and making the vessel fast.

Spirits, Heroes & Hunters from North American Mythology
Special feasts and ceremonies were held to amuse and placate the souls of dead animals.  One of these was the bladder festival.  The bladder of an animal was believed to contain its soul and so, when an animal was killed, the hunter carefully removed and preserved the bladder until the time came for the festival.  Then, with great ceremony, the bladders were inflated and hung in  a special feast-house.  After much singing and dancing and offering of food, the bladders were taken down and thrust into a hole cut in the ice, so that the souls could return to the sea where they would enter the bodies of unborn animals and return again to be hunted. If these things were not done correctly, the souls of the animals would feel neglected and game would become scarce.  At the beginning of the year, before the hunting season began, the Eskimos held another festival, at which animal masks were worn to please the animals and encourage them to return.

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