Art for Families | Yu'pik Storyknife

Kids home? Missing the Museum? Download our free Smart Kids art-making activities. Our galleries are temporarily closed to visitors, but we’re sharing art education opportunities online that families can enjoy anywhere. Today, learn about storyknives, used by young Yup’ik girls to sketch designs on the ground and to tell stories about their daily lives and their families.

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Yup’ik, Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska, Storyknife (yaaruin), late 19th century. Walrus ivory. Bequest of John B. Elliott, Class of 1951 (1998-492)