The Welcome of Spring
John Kailukiak is an innovative Yup’ik artist whose work is held by the Anchorage Museum of Art as well as by numerous private collectors.
This mask is titled “Welcome of Spring with its Blessings”, or Uupnirkakirtar. It represents the great relief felt by hunter-gatherers after surviving the long winter. The people’s items of sustenance, birds and berries, are returning. The man emerging at the bottom of the mask is offering a prayer for all the people who benefit from the arrival of spring.
Materials: Face and figure: white pine; concentric rings: driftwood pine; qaluyat earthen pigment ochre with acrylic mix; beluga sinew; Alaskan ermine fur; linseed oil; ptarmigan feathers.
26″ x 18 1/2″ x 8″