Basswood, acrylic, and glass beads
"The salmon we are given from the lakes, rivers, streams and the oceans sustained our peoples for thousands of years, and they sustain us even now. This resource was seen as wealth by our peoples long before western currency came to our shores. This wealth had the power to feed our people through the winters of the past and continue to sustain us now as one of the most nutritious sources of protein found in our oceans. The abundance of this resource also provides fuel for one of our most historically significant forms of transportation; our dog teams. These remarkable fisheries also provides for us work and cultural identity for fisher men and women of this state, give us meaning and the means to pursue our lives here in this beautiful environment.
- Erin Gingrich
Erin Gingrich is a contemporary Alaska Native artist. Her work reconnects with the historically traditional beliefs stemming from her ancestors' value of the natural environment as gifts gathered from the land. Gingrich's childhood exposure to Alaska's biodiversity through the lens of sacred subsistence lifeways, fundamentally shaped her understanding of the value of Alaska’s ecosystems as both an immeasurable entity, and a gatherable gift cared for over generations dating back to her ancestors. To re-establish these beliefs, Erin’s work explores representations of these resources that make the environment unique through carved, painted and beaded sculptural mask forms.
Last updated: December 9, 2017