Baskets are traditionally made by Alaska Natives of grass (from
the coastal communities), bark (often birch), and roots. More recently,
baskets are made from whale baleen.
at right are Yupik Eskimo
in origin. They are made with coastal grass, decorated with intricate
traditional designs, and trimmed with dyed seal gut. >>
Ivory work tends to be small and tells a narrative about
Northern life -- showing people whaling, fishing, or dogsledding.
Beads replaced porcupine quills, shells and seeds as decorations
on leather mocassins, mittens and necklaces and earrings.
Leather & Furs
Mocassins, gloves, and fur coats are available for sale
in Alaska. Many Alaska Native grandmothers take great pride in making
parkas, mittens, slippers and ceremonial dress exclusively for beloved
children and grandchildren.
You'll find many dish and cup-like containers made from
whalebone. The most expensive baskets are made from baleen.