SalmonberryDreams

Alaska Native Artwork

Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska | 572 Sales

SalmonberryDreams

Alaska Native Artwork

Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska 572 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars (174)

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Note from shop owner Thank you for your patience! I have closed my shop 1/12/19 and it will reopen hopefully 1/21/19. I will still be checking my convos regularly if you have need to communicate with me. If you have made an order before my shop closed, your order will ship on 1/14/19 as scheduled.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jan 12, 2019

Thank you for your patience! I have closed my shop 1/12/19 and it will reopen hopefully 1/21/19. I will still be checking my convos regularly if you have need to communicate with me. If you have made an order before my shop closed, your order will ship on 1/14/19 as scheduled.

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About

Keeping Traditional Inupiaq Eskimo Knowledge alive, piece by piece....

This shop features items created by Nasugraq Rainey Hopson. Creating artwork holds a special and unique spot in our ancient culture. The place we grew up in is the longest inhabited place in Northern America, layers and layers of humanity and creation building upon one another for thousands of years. Artwork is often the only thing that survives those distant years, and so it proves to be one strong connection to the past.

Since I am a product of two worlds, it seems very fitting that I create art pieces and drawings that reflect that combination. I enjoy the process of learning and rejoicing in the finding of that knowledge.

We still live a subsistence lifestyle, with a very large portion of our food and clothing and implements coming from the land/sea/air and with trade with each other. In this adventure I am often left with scraps and leftover pieces that would normally be tossed aside so I decided to use that resource in the creation of jewelry, clothing, and adornments. It is part of my challenge to create something you will love as much as I do from these scraps. In my drawing I try and convey the reverence I feel for our personal relationship with our natural world, lines flavored with a culture older than 10,000 years.

All of the funds raised in this store go directly to this small communities economy and to support our subsistence lifestyle and families.

Everything we mail out is sent with Arctic love and care! Please do not hesitate to ask questions or convo us with concerns.

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  • Nasugraq

    Owner, Creator

    I am an Inupiaq Eskimo woman that lives deep in the boonies of Northern Alaska with my young daughter and adventurous husband. We live a predominantly subsistence lifestyle and strive to keep ancient traditions and knowledge alive.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 17, 2018
Welcome to Salmonberry Dreams! Home of unique and one of a kind Inupiaq Eskimo jewelry and 2d work.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
I do not offer refunds at this time. Please be sure of your purchase. I try and represent my items as true and in as many detail as possible, if you have any questions PLEASE ASK BEFORE you purchase. We do not offer exchanges.
Payment
I encourage people to purchase my items using the Etsy payment options or Pay Pal as they are secure sites and offer many quick ways of payment.
Shipping
Because of my remote location the only service available is USPS. They offer several options. Order will ship next business day.

~Be aware that we ship to the address listed in your ETSY profile, Unless you notify us in 'notes' on purchase invoice.
Additional policies and FAQs
FAQ's

Please convo me questions and I will add them here as they are answered.

Q:Do I do custom orders for jewelry and/or pieces for other people to use in their artwork?
A: At this time I am not accepting commissions.

Q:Are there any guarantees on your artwork?
A: I guarantee that the items are 100% made by a registered Alaskan Native, I am vetted by blood quantum. I guarantee that the Alaskan Native materials are authentic and have been gathered as humanely as possible. Most are gathered by my husband and who is a very skilled hunter and takes pride in his ability to harvest animals with little or no pain or suffering. I guarantee that every animal that we have harvested has gone to feed our family, or families that have lost their hunters or no longer can hunt for themselves. I also try our best to make the piece last as long as possible, long enough to be passed down from generation to generation if you chose to. This does not mean it will last forever if not properly taken care of. If there is a problem or repair needed on a piece please convo before going to another jeweler.

Q:Why do I only ship USPS which is high cost?
A: I live in a village in the boonies in which there is no roads, so everything here is shipped in and out using very very tiny planes, which depend on weather conditions. We do not have any other service available to us as this time.

Q: Where are your jewelry pieces made from Alaska Native materials like whale bone and polar bear fur scraps?
A: Etsy has changed it's policies recently and I am not allowed to sell Alaska Native materials on this site that are made from animals that are listed on the CITES (endangered animals) list. It is completely legal for me (as a registered Alaska Native) to sell artwork made from these materials, so if you are interested you can visit my facebook page to see what might be available. I am currently looking to move my stores to another platform that will follow federal guidelines. I am committed to creating artwork from the scraps of materials from animals we treasure.... rather than throw them away. Our bond with the animals we eat to survive here in the arctic is usually the only thing keeping their numbers from falling due to climate change and oil development....and we take the health of our food source seriously.

For more info on CITES: www.cites.org

ALL QUESTIONS AND CONVERSATIONS ARE WELCOME. :)