Sylvester Ayek's Profile
Sylvester is my English name, Anaiyak is my Inupiat name. I make my living being an artist. I started carving simple shapes and forms out of ivory and wood when I was a young man in King Island. Because all of the men on the island were master craftsmen, we learned by watching them. They made simple carvings to trade for dry goods and groceries from the store. There was absolutely no money on the island so that’s what they did with Alaska Native Industry stores all across Alaska and King Island was no exception.
My peers and I started going out hunting and gathering at a very early age. We were expected to learn by making mistakes and by being good listeners, especially in men’s club houses. I grew up one hundred percent subsistence lifestyle and still live that way in Nome, AK. Subsistence lifestyle, for those who live it, are the people who go out hunting for food on the…
- Joined February 2, 2012