Sam Goodhope

Sam Goodhope is an Inupiaq carver from the village of Shishmaref, a small community located about one hundred miles north of Nome, Alaska, and well known for the art of whalebone carving. Sam has followed in the custom and is an accomplished carver. He transforms fossilized whalebone into traditional figures often using ivory and baleen as inlay to define facial details, decoration and accents. His sculptures represent the Inupiaq subsistence lifestyle and depict hunters, dancers, drummers and fisherman.

Sam currently lives in Brevig Mission, Alaska, located at the mouth of Shelman Creek on Port Clarence, 65 miles northwest of Nome.

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