Notable historic and contemporary baleen basketmakers with location, cultural affiliation, biographical information and examples of their work where available.
Kinguktuk is recognized as the first baleen basket maker with his first pieces made between 1914 and 1918 in Barrow. He was perhaps the only baleen basketmaker as late as 1931 (Lee, 1983).
Elijah Attungana - Point Hope Inupiat
Patrick Attungana - Point Hope, Alaska
Sheldon “Qautaaq” Bogenrife - Inupiaq - Anchorage, Alaska
Alec and Elaine Frankson - Point Hope, Alaska
Chester Frankson - Point Hope, Alaska
Carl Hank - Point Hope, Alaska
Eunice Hank - Point Hope, Alaska
John Hensley - Inupiaq artist was born and raised in the northwestern community of Kotzebue
Herbert Koonuk - Point Hope, Alaska
Luke Koonook - Point Hope, Alaska
John Long - Point Hope, Alaska
George Omnik (1905-1978)- Point Hope, Alaska
James Omnik, Sr. - Pt. Hope, Alaska (known for carved ivory whale tail on his baskets)
James Omnik Jr. - Pt. Hope, Alaska
Marvin Sakvan Peter (known for spaced stitch technique and for superimposing a strip of light baleen over the dark rod for visual contrast)
Joshua Sakeagak - Barrow, Alaska
Joe Sikvayugak (1898-date of death between 1983 and 2004) Barrow, Alaska his baskets typically signed "Joe S., Barrow, date"
Elijah and Patrick Attungana - Point Hope, Alaska - (known for incised designs on starter ivory discs)
Gregg Tagarook, Sr, - Point Hope, Alaska
Seymour Tuzroyluk - Point Hope, Alaska
Abe P. Simmonds
I am collecting information on present and past baleen basketmakers to include on this page. I would like to include biographical information, what makes each maker's work unique as well as information about where examples of baleen baskets are available for sale. If you are a baleen basketmaker or know of a baleen basketmaker you would like to see added, please let me know. I would also be interested in any information about fakes or knock-offs such as resin reproductions you might be willing to share.
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