With great respect, thank you to all the people featured in this movie.
I see many relatives I danced with in this real Qas'gi. I saw my little bedroom right next to it.
Such beautiful people, our Elders. The last Real Yup'ik who actually lived directly off the lands and waters before plywood houses. I remember some families living in them. In the same scene as the men working on the Qasgiq, I see the very qayaq I used to check on the fishnet upriver.
Celebrating the Native dance, the environment, animals, fish, birds and story telling.
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My modern influence in fine art began at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The following world renowned fine artists. Quyana Cak'neq!
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My influence began at an early age, in a small coastal village of Tununak. Watching my father and uncles carve logs of driftwood into fish traps, harpoons, oars, and the use of ivory for subsistence purposes. At eleven years, I helped my mother, Unang'ik - Jane, illustrate for her beautiful grass baskets. The embroidered birds and animals for her baskets were in demand. The buyers in the big city in Anchorage enjoyed scenery and subsistence activities, and sometimes single orders from down states would arrive in Money Order paper form.
During my study in 1978, Ronald Senungetuk, founder and Director of the Alaska Native Arts Program at the University of Alaska, invited me to meet with Elder master carvers in Bethel. Among them were Kay Hendrickson, Nicholas Charles, and Qussauyaq "Uncle John", my father-in-law. Their work can be seen at the Yupiiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel, Alaska.
I am happy with great admiration and respect to have known these real Yup'ik, Cup'ig and Inupiaq gentlemen who shared ancestral wisdom and knowledge through their fine art.