Hey everybody- I just wanted to share some pics- these were things around my parents house -yea call me a loser if you want too but my DS and I are staying here for the summer (we do every summer so I can work) - if you came and visited me and saw Inupiaq culture IRL you'd understand how things work around here. Come visit me- book a ticket on Alaska Air and we can share the obsession of handbags in the most northern town in North America. heehee!! Anywhoo- here are some pics of various handcrafted items plus a pic of the frozen tundra right outside EVERYBODY's house- this one happens to be my Aaka's house (grandma). They are from my mom's collection. Sorry this one is so small! These are masks made of caribou skin and wolf fur. These two came separate- but somebody- probably my brother or husband- placed them like this! I believe the statue is not handmade- just the seal A hunter and his boat- my DS when he was tiny! Polar bear Eskimo Yo-yo with beads. My dad's whaling crew boat (IWC just approved our quota for next year ) A large Baleen boat This was made in Kotzebue and was a present for my dad- you can see my mom in the lower right side of this pic in her regular parka This is my culture and makes me who I am- when I was a teenager I was ashamed of this culture! I guess it was just one of those teenage things- but once I got with the program, aged ten years or so, got married, had a kid and went back to school + had DH deployed TWICE to Iraq (USMC-oorah!) I realized how important this was to me. How much I needed it and how much I was disconnected I was. Without it I'm l-o-s-t and ungrounded. Thanks for reading and looking!