As a young boy on King Island, Sylvester Ayek learned the ways of his Iñupiat elders: hunting, foraging, and the craft of carving walrus ivory and wood. Today, he sells his artwork to support his traditional subsistence lifestyle, struggling to maintain Iñupiat ways in a quickly changing world.
Video by Tara Young / Music by Matt Abeysekera
About Tara Young
Over the past ten plus years I’ve produced and edited for numerous channels including Sundance Channel, The Criterion Collection and VBS. My interests include music, avant garde and documentary filmmaking and photography.
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