Vanishing: Making of an Extinction Crisis

Inupiaq polar bear ivory carvings, circa 1960

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Inupiaq polar bear ivory carvings, circa 1960

Caption

These walrus ivory carvings owned by Alex Magtoya were produced by native Inupiat people of the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea regions. Indigenous communities of the Arctic have hunted walrus (among other sea mammals including seals and whales) as sources of food for hundreds of years, utilizing their skins, bones, and tusks for clothing, tools, and crafts. Walrus populations plummeted around the Arctic by the early 20th-century following the arrival of Europeans, only to rebound when limits were placed on commercial hunts. Today, walruses, polar bears, and many other Arctic animals face an even-deadlier threat - global climate change.

Containing Publication

Stefansson Mss-254: Frances Ross papers

Date Created

1960

Place of Publication

King Island, Alaska

Rights

No Known Copyright

Bibliographic Citation

Inupiaq polar bear ivory carvings, circa 1960s. Stefansson Mss-254: Frances Ross papers, Box: 12 "Vocabulary Cards and Artifacts, undated", Folder: 4 “(Artifacts) Ivory jewelry and carvings; [corresponds to Tape 48A], undated"

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Case Number

Causes and Consequences of Extinction

Item Number

1