October 26, 2015
For more than three decades Ursula Paniyak has refined her method of doll making using natural materials. At age 10 she began learning to sew traditional Cup’ik dolls from her mother, Rosalie, a master dollmaker from Chevak, and her grandmother, Mary Kokrak, an accomplished skin sewer. Among the Anchorage Museum Shop’s collection of Ursula Paniyak’s dolls is a full nativity set. Known for their realism, her dolls are lovingly modeled caricatures of her relatives and neighbors from Chevak, featuring faces made of sealskin and often clothed in miniature gut skin parkas.
Tea Time, seal gut, cowhide, bone, cotton fabric.
$300 (Members: $270)