Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Native Alaskan Artwork

This morning, after a good night's sleep we ventured out to the Middle Way Cafe for a delicious breakfast. It is a quaint, healthy, and buzzing with people kind of haunt with whole grain sourdough and yummy smoothies.  The walls were adorned with paintings from local artists.
One of my sister's friends from her bush village was in the hospital.  Alaskan Native Indians receive 100% free health care. They have their own beautiful hospital here in Anchorage and throughout the hospital are display cases of native art.
 This rain jacket is made from seal or bear intestines for natural waterproofing.
A native family
A beautiful display of native beadwork
Scissor Cases
An ornament
Porcupine quill and beaded barrette
Beaded purse and earrings
Beaded baby slippers

Beaded boots with beaver fur. The soles are made with smoked moosehide.

This was just a small sampling of the beautiful artwork on display.  We drove home, keeping our eyes peeled for moose, but to no avail.  Time for rest and some laundry...


  1. The native artwork is just gorgeous. I was amazed to find that there is bead work on some Norwegian Bunads (the national dress - different in different parts of Norway) that is nearly identical to that of Native American bead work. The Sami People in Northern Norway are closely related to our Native Alaskans. It is such a small world.

    Love your posts of your trip.



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