Sheldon Jackson Museum to feature exhibit of Inupiaq drawings

In April, the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka will feature nine drawings by Inupiaq artist Robert Mayokok.

Mayokok was a person of many talents, perhaps best-described in an article by Yvonne Mozee: “He was a reindeer herder and a lecturer, a deck hand and a walrus hunter, a news broadcaster and a mess boy, a fox trapper and a church translator, a drifter and a multi-published author.”

According to Dorothy Jean Ray, an expert on Inupiaq art, Mayokok should be included along with James Kivetoruk Moses and George Aden Ahgupuk as the first professional Inupiaq artists.

The drawings will be on exhibit at Sheldon Jackson Museum through April 30.

For more information, visit www.museums.state.ak.us/documents/sjm/artifacts/april_2011.pdf.

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