Fred Nayokpuk

Fred Nayokpok is an Iñupiaq fossilized whalebone carver born in the village of Shismaref, Alaska on December 21, 1962. Fred is single, but comes from a large family of twelve siblings. He is the nephew of the late Herbert Nayokpuk, aka the “Shishmaref Cannonball”, a famous Alaskan dog musher.

Fred’s father, Lawrence, was a whalebone carver and his teacher. Fred’s first carvings were made in 1985. His whalebone carvings are sometimes embellished with walrus ivory and baleen and capture the traditional life of his elders. Today, he is recognized in the United States as well as Europe.
Eskimo Drummer
Eskimo Drummer by Fred Nayokpok