Glenda McKay is an Athabascan artist from Alaska who learned wilderness survival skills, plus sewing and beading from her grandmothers and aunts. She puts all those skills to work in her extremely detailed dolls and carvings. This is a miniature Athabascan Mountain Spirit Mask; shaman wore masks similar to this one to pray to the "game gods" for a plentiful hunt and safe journey for the hunters. Carved from white walrus ivory, with spruce hen feathers, caribou sinew; # 11 and # 14 glass beads. 2 1/2" h x 1 1/8" wide, including feathers.
This is an exquisite white ivory (walrus tusk) bracelet. Held together with elastic cord, this bracelet measures approximately 2 1/4 inches in diameter, but stretches easily to fit on the wrist. Each piece is approx. 1" x 3/4".
This bracelet is from the collection of Charles Goodyear Hubbard (1869 - 1969), an adventurer and explorer who spent a fair amount of time in Alaska. The fossil walrus tusk has an outstanding patina that cannot be replicated. Inside circumference is approximately 7"; 11/16" wide