ULU W/1950’s WALRUS TUSK, ARTIFACT HANDLE
October 18, 2019
THIS IS A REAL USABLE ULU WITH,A RAZOR SHARP, POLISHED HARDENED STEEL BLADE, BEVELED ON ONE SIDE.
THIS ULU WAS EXPERTLY CONSTRUCTED BY AN ALASKA NATIVE, WITH THE FINEST CRAFTSMANSHIP.
THE HANDLE IS MADE OF, A 4.75″ LONG SECTION OF A PIECE OF A HAND CARVED AND DRILLED WALRUS TUSK KEEL, FROM A SKIN BOAT THAT WAS MADE NEAR GAMBELL, ST. LAWRENCE ISLAND, ALASKA. SOMETIME IN THE 1950s.
ALSO COMES WITH A WALRUS VERTEBRA DISPLAY STAND.
WEIGHT…6.87 OUNCES,OR 195 GRAMS
WEIGHT…5.96 OUNCES, OR 169 GRAMS
****THIS ULU AND STAND MAY NOT CROSS INTERNATIONAL BORDERS!****
The Yup’ik are a group of indigenous peoples native to western, southwestern, and south-central Alaska, and the Russian Far East.
Because this part of the world is very remote, and hunting is still vital to their existence, the Yup’ik and other indigenous peoples of this area are allowed to hunt walrus and whale in order to maintain their traditional subsistence lifestyle. They make use of every part of the animal. The meat is dried and frozen to be consumed throughout the year, hides are used to cover boats, and the ivory tusks and whale bones are carved into art and sold.
The carving and selling of walrus ivory and whale bone sculpture is an important source of employment on St. Lawrence Island. Most Yup’ik carvers live in the St. Lawrence Island area. St. Lawrence Island lies off the northwest coast of Alaska, 32 miles from the Siberian coastline. The villages of Gambell and Savoonga are located in this remote corner of the Bering Sea. The Siberian Yup’ik Eskimos who live in these villages still hunt walrus and whale for a few short weeks every spring and fall, just as their ancestors did for thousands of years.
Listing Type: Art
Location: 3350 Commercial Dr, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
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