Standing Bear Carving
By Yup'ik artist, Jamie Koonaka
Carved from seasoned walrus ivory and inlaid whale baleen.
Measures 3.25" high by 1.25" wide by 1" deep.
A Note About the Ivory
The Yup'ik cavings sold at True North are made of seasoned walrus ivory or fossilized ivory. Sometimes inlaid whale baleen is used for details. The Pacific walrus is not endangered or threatened. Nonetheless, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service oversees and manages the limited hunting of walrus by indigenous peoples, who use every part of the walrus. They eat the meat, use the skin for floats, and carve the tusks and bones.