The Native peoples of Alaska fall into three main groups: Indian, Eskimo, and Aleut. Within these groups there are other sub
groups as well, such as Koyukon Athabaskan Indian, or Yupik Eskimo. One thing is a given regarding all these diverse people
groups, however: all make exquisite art pieces. On this site I would like to aquaint you with some of the arts and crafts
of Alaska's native peoples.
The main types of traditional media that Alaska Native artists and crafspeople work in are as follows:
- walrus ivory, caribou or moose antler, whale baleen and bone
- grass and birchbark for basketry
- woods of different types
- furs, hides, feathers and quills.
In addition, many contempoary Native artists incorporate various other media, such as soapstone, metals, and synthetic
materials into their work.