Master Artists Create Eek Style Dolls

by Sophie Evan on May 22, 2015

Artist Confer, Doll Making Symposium photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

Artist Confer, Doll Making Symposium photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

Local artists are working together to complete two dancing Yup’ik dolls at an artist workshop at the Yupiit Cultural Center in Bethel.

The dolls are in the world-renowned Eek Style, with wooden faces and torsos, and are outfitted in traditional Yup’ik winter clothing.

Yup’ik Museum Director, Eva Malvich, says the workshop is a chance for the traditional artists to talk to each other about their craft.

“The challenges they have with finding material, either natural material from the land, tools implements they need to continue with their artwork, and also our focus is making two Yup’ik dolls at the same time.”

There are three master artists leading a group of students in the doll-making project: Neva Mathias, from Chevak; and a father son duo from Eek and Bethel, John and Mike McIntyre. Malvich says that even though registration has closed, interested people are still welcome to observe. The Doll Making Art Symposium is taking place at the Yupiit Piciryarait Center through Friday May 22nd.

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