Jona Van Zyle
Walks in the Wilderness: Heart and Sole
The unique opportunity to experience Denali in such an intimate manner necessitated the creation of special footwear for the park. To wander and explore in a non-intrusive way, to honor the park's past history and to respect and protect these treasured lands called for delicate yet durable mukluks.
Every tiny stitch and tiny bead is a special memory of the park. The gift of ten days and unimaginable adventures was awesome. The gift of wolves around our windows and doors was spiritual. I tried to capture and record these special moments in these magical mukluks which still dance my heart and soul through Denali.
— Jona Van Zyle, 2004
Jon Van Zyle and Jona Van Zyle came as a team, each bringing a variety of experience to this program. Jon has spent more than 30 years in Alaska, and is well known for his paintings, prints and posters depicting the state’s beauty. He completed the Iditarod twice and in 1979 was made the official Iditarod artist, a title he still holds today. Jona’s interests include ceramics, metal casting and graphic design. She honed her sewing skills working as a sailmaker and currently works with leather and beads to combine traditional clothing ideas with a humorous Alaskan twist. She has over 20 years of experience working with huskies, and has written and illustrated many articles about dog history and training for a variety of publications. Visit their website.
Last updated: March 29, 2017