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Walrus Ivory Shaman Spirit Pendant by Carson Oozeva jr Alaska


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by Carson Oozeva jr. of St. Lawrence Island, North Bering Sea

This piece has a crack in the tail, shown in a photo.

Authentic Alaska Native Eskimo handicraft. It was carved and significantly transformed from walrus ivory into Authentic Alaska Native Eskimo handicraft and signed by Alaska Native Eskimo artist Carson Oozeva.

This beautiful pendant was carved from walrus ivory by Carson Oozeva jr. of Gambell, Alaska, a small Siberian Yup'ik Eskimo village of about 700 people on St. Lawrence Island, just south of the Bering Straits. Their language is spoken on both the U.S. and Russian side of the straits. It's about 140 miles off shore from Nome Alaska, and about 40 miles from Russia, one of the most remote areas of the U.S. On a clear day (which is rare) you can see the mountains of Russia.

Carson has carved for many years and is a master carver. He carves from ivory tusks of walrus, walrus bone and whalebone, and trims with baleen from Bowhead whales. Much of the walrus ivory, walrus bone and whalebone are dug up or found washed up on beaches after storms. Carving is a rich tradition for the Native Alaskan people on St. Lawrence Island, it helps sustain their proud culture and way of life in a very remote and harsh area.

"Tughneghaq" - which is the Shaman's Spirit helper in the Siberian Yup'ik language. Carson is real proud of his carvings, each one is unique. This shaman piece was carved from the outer rim of a walrus ivory tusk, it's where the tusk joins the skull, it's hollow inside. It features the animals of the Yup'ik culture, a Bowhead whale, Beluga whale, and a walrus. The tusk was found in the old village of Gambell. The eyes are inlaid baleen; a fibrous material in the mouth of Bowhead Whales, they strain food through it.

Spirit pendants are common in many cultures throughout the world, even our own at Halloween. The pendant is worn in sacred dance ceremonies. Warring the pendant frees the spirit, one can be who they want to be, free to dance, free to summon the spirits. When one sees a person warring a pendant, one no longer sees the person with all their known characteristics. One looks beyond the person and sees the spirit of the person, the ceremony, the freedom of the dance. We see the spirit that was summoned.

Care of ivory includes avoiding a hot location like a sunny window. Remember, our pet dogs, cats and birds also like ivory!

The pendant is 3 3/4 inches long, 1/8 inches to 1/4 inches thick and 1 1/2 inches wide.

Note again this piece has a crack in the tail of the Beluga.

Carson signed his initials on the back of the piece. It would make a great addition to a collection or a real surprise and very unique gift for someone special from a very remote part of the U.S. Could be your Spirit Guide?

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