Sam Goodhope

Sam Goodhope was born May 10, 1975 in the village of Shishmaref, Alaska. A small community located about one hundred miles north of Nome, Alaska, Shishmaref is well known for the art of whalebone carving.

Sam has followed in the practice and is an accomplished Inupiaq carver. He transforms fossilized whalebone into traditional figures often using ivory and baleen as inlay to define facial details, decoration and accents. His wonderful 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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