Ruthelle Kingeekuk

The late Ruthelle Kingeekuk, 1941 – 2007, was born in Savoonga, Alaska, a village located on the Bering Sea between Nome, Alaska and Chukostk Peninsula, Russia. Ruthelle was Siberian Yup’ik and lived a life of family and subsistence traditions. She began making dolls at the age of eighteen, watching and learning from her Aunt Daisy Kiyuklook and her mother-in-law, May Kingeekuk.

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