Tlingit artist Jeremiah James always knew he wasn’t meant for the 9-5 working life. What he didn’t know is that hunting could be a part of how he makes his living.
James creates vests, hats, blankets and more out of seal and sea otter fur.
“I can finally get paid to go hunting,” he said.
He first got into skin sewing after taking a class from Valdez Native Tribe President John Boone, who came to Yakutat with the Harbor Seal Commission in 2010.
“All I ever did before that was just shoot them and eat them — give them to my uncles, give them to people,” James said.