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This pendant is made using a small black polar bear claw with a black whale baleen cap. The bail is a sturdy stainless steel twist. The front of the piece showcases a scrimshawed design based off of ancient Inupiaq decorations. A very simple and understated design using Alaskan Native materials. Would look great on a man or woman.

The pendant measures about 2 1/2 inches if measured along it's outside edge, or about 2 inches if you set it on top a ruler. Comes strung on a 25 inch hand braided black waxed cotton cord with a SP lobster claw clasp. Makers mark is on the back of the claw for collectors verification.

This is a One of a Kind pendant.

Will not ship this item outside of the U.S. Ships Priority mail via USPS insured.

Info on materials:

POLAR BEAR CLAWS are harvested from polar bears that are taken by Inupiaq Eskimo Hunters. Unlike "head hunters", we use all of the animal. The animal's meat is divided up in the community, it tastes like a very rich and fishy red meat. The hide, teeth, claws, and skull are used in artwork. Polar bears are never killed for pleasure or just for trophy. All polar bears taken are tracked by the State gov. Measurements and samples are kept on record. Inupiaq Eskimo's of the North Slope are the only people in the U.S allowed to hunt the polar bear for subsistence purposes.

BALEEN are the flat long slim plates found inside the bowhead whales mouth. The Whale uses them to seive out the krill in their mouth. Inupiaq Eskimo's of the North Slope of Alaska are one of the few peoples still allowed to hunt the whales, and are governed by international laws. We are only allowed a certain amount, and this amount is judged by how many people need to be fed. The population of whales that supports our communities is on the rise.The bowhead whale is a central figure in our culture, and has been for thousands of years. We still use skin boats and traditional methods to harvest.

We use every single scrap of the animals and it's part of the challenge to be able to create something someone else will treasure as much as we do.

Any questions please convo me!

Twist - polar bear claw and baleen pendant

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: polar bear claw, whale baleen, steel
  • Feedback: 138 reviews
  • Only ships to United States from Alaska, United States.
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