Alaska Native Art

Instructor Alvin Amason examining student's carving

The Alaska Native Art Program focuses on teaching the history, skills, methodologies and traditions that are ingrained in indigenous Alaskan art. Students learn the techniques of harvesting and preparing natural materials such as wood, bone, and ivory for art making. The studio is well equipped with both traditional and modern tools. Visiting elders from all over Alaska present workshops in which they demonstrate techniques used to create objects that represent their cultural roots. Students are encouraged to explore both traditional and experimental practices in order to find their personal form of expression.

Degrees offered

  • Classes taken in this area can be applied towards a BA, Art


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Student Work

Alaska Native art student work

Student working in studio

Alaska Native art student work

Students showing off handcarved alaska native masks

students holding up work