Ronald Apangalook

Artist Ronald Apangalook is a Siberian Yup’ik Eskimo 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. Ronald is noted for his work with walrus ivory.

Ronald (Eskimo name Qaygeghutkaq,shortened to Qay - literal translation “put on top”) was born in 1968 and shares a Southeast Alaska Tlingit heritage as well. In 1984, he was a member of the Gambell High School team that participated in a nationwide competition dealing with future problem solving and his team came in first in the nation.

In 1991, while attending college in Anchorage and motivated by the need to support his family, he began to develop his artistic talents and carving skills working primarily with walrus tusk ivory and bone. He is well-known for his superbly carved figurines and exceptional sculptures depicting otters, bears, cormorants, puffins, rookeries, polar bears, hunters and walrus.

Bear Shaman
Bear Shaman carved by Ronald Apangalook
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Walrus Ivory Hunter
Hunter by Ron Apangalook "Qay"
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