Ted Mayac Sr.’s Ivory Canadian Goose Carving

Inupiaq artist Ted Mayac Sr. skillfully carved and colored this intricate ivory Canadian goose landing, showcasing exceptional craftsmanship. Measuring 6.3 inches wide and 2.8 inches high, this piece features detailed carving and ink coloring that highlight Ted’s artistic talent. Moreover, as a member of the renowned Peter Mayac family from King Island, Ted is celebrated for his carvings and scrimshaw work on walrus ivory, often depicting birds and mammals native to Alaska. Consequently, collectors highly seek his unique carvings.

The Inupiaq People and King Island

Originally from King Island, the Inupiaq people now primarily reside on mainland Alaska. A tuberculosis outbreak during World War II, the closure of local schools, and economic opportunities off the island led to the relocation of most families since the 1970s. As a result, many Inupiaq now live near Nome, Alaska, and continue practicing traditional crafts such as making baleen baskets.

The Cultural Significance of Walruses

Walruses play a crucial role in the nutritional and cultural lives of Alaska Natives. They provide a rich source of food through their meat, blubber, skin, and organs. Additionally, the Inupiaq process hides to cover boats and carve tusks into ivory artworks. Ultimately, these carvings are sold to collectors, providing an essential source of income for the community.

ivory Canadian goose

Ted Mayac Sr.    Inupiaq  

Canadian goose landing

Ivory & colored ink – 2.8 x 6.3 x 1.9 inches