Ivory carver demonstrates craft at state museum

Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2002

Inupiat ivory carver Charles Pullock from Nome will spend almost a week in Juneau and will demonstrate carving at the Alaska State Museum.

Pullock will be at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Tuesday, June 11, through Saturday, June 15.

"He'll be sitting on the floor, in more of a traditional fashion," said Lisa Golisek of the state museum. "He'll be in the galleries carving. He uses some modern tools and traditional tools."

Golisek said Pullock primarily carves seal and whale figures about 6 inches long.

Pullock comes from a family of carvers. The family is originally from King Island but has lived in Nome for many years.

He has a foot each in the Western world and the traditional world - he is actively involved in a subsistence lifestyle that relies on hunting seal, caribou and walrus. He graduated from Nome High School in 1985 and from Sheldon Jackson College with an associate degree in business administration. He studied business economics at Hawaii Loa College and attended the University of Alaska Anchorage.

He has extensive experience working in construction as well as in wood and ivory carving.

He is also a dancer, and was honored as a principal performer at a presentation of the King Island Ceremonial Polar Bear Dance at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in January 1990.

The Friends of the Alaska State Museum are sponsoring his visit.

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