“I think that sometimes, as Indigenous people, we don’t equate what we do as artwork,” Maija Katak Lukin said. “It’s important for people to understand that it is a form of traditional art.”
Lukin is an Inupiaq skin sewer who lives in Kotzebue, Alaska and was recently selected for a 2021 Individual Artist Award by the Rasmuson Foundation. Lukin is going to replicate a family fur parka using the materials, furs, and tools her great grandmother used.
Lukin will be documenting the process as a tutorial and plans to purchase filming equipment using part of the Rasmuson Foundation grant money.