James Aningayou

James Aningayou is a Siberian Yup’ik Eskimo carver from the village of Gambell, located on St. Lawrence Island. Situated in the icy fog-bound waters of the Bering Sea, St. Lawrence lies 40 miles from the Siberian shores of the Chukotsk Peninsula in Russia and 120 miles from mainland Alaska. The Siberian Yupik people continue to practice a subsistence lifestyle and are recognized for their unsurpassed artistic creativity.

James is recognized as a master carver, demonstrating a precise carving technique with which he creates the fine detail in his work. He combines natural materials both found and from the subsistence hunt including fossil walrus skull and jawbone, walrus ivory, whalebone and baleen. Much of the ivory and whalebone is dug up or found washed up on beaches after storms. Carving is a rich tradition for the Native Alaskan people on St. Lawrence Island. It sustains their traditional and proud culture and way of life in this extremely remote and harsh area.

His work is featured in the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Wells Fargo Collection and in the book titled Eskimo Carvers of the Bering Sea. 

Flying Canada Geese
Flock of Canada Geese