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Artist Talk with Jen Angaiak Wood (Yup’ik)

Grandmother Walrus painted wooden mask Friday, December 1, 12 pm on Zoom

The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum will host a Winter Series presentation by mask carver Jen Angaiak Wood (Yup’ik). In her presentation, “Ancestral Inspirations, Modern Visions,” Wood will share images of her carvings and talk about her artwork, her creative process, and her cultural heritage.

Jennifer Angaiak Wood’s artwork is inspired by her upbringing and heritage. Her work melds the contemporary and the traditional. Wood was born and raised in Fairbanks but has familial Yup’ik roots in Tununuk, Alaska, where she spent her summers growing up. Tununuk is on the northwest side of Nelson Island in the Bering Sea. Her experiences there informed her artistic expression and the masks she carves. Although her designs are inspired by ancestral carvings, Wood “incorporates modern materials and concepts to emphasize that the Yupiit, and all indigenous peoples, have a contemporary culture, not just a historic one.”  

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“Ancestral Inspirations, Modern Visions” is the second lecture in the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum’s Share Your Culture/Share Your Research Winter Series. For details, call the museum at (907) 747-8981.

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