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Object description

  • George A. Ahgupuk (Iñupiaq, 1911-2001)
  • Drawing, before 1952
  • Ink, pen, reindeer hide
  • Shishmaref, Alaska, United States
  • frame H: 41 5/8 in, frame W: 41 7/8 in, frame D: 1 1/4 in, image H: 35 in, image W: 35 in (frame H: 105.7 cm, frame W: 106.4 cm, frame D: 3.2 cm, image H: 88.9 cm, image W: 88.9 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 1960
  • E29539
  • Drawn on animal hide, originally due to artist's shortage of paper
  • Depicts scenes of Alaskan Native village life

The center panel depicts a map of Alaska surrounded by 14 scenes of Native Alaskan village life, including seal hunting, a reindeer drive, landscapes, and seascapes.


Inscribed, face, in ink, "Georg A Ahgupuk/ Shishmaref Alaska".


This is a map of the state of Alaska, done with pen and ink on white tanned reindeer hide. The center panel depicts an outlined map of Alaska with topical sketches within. The central map is surrounded by fourteen scenes of Native life: one large scene on top in the center, one large scene on the bottom in the center, and six smaller scenes on each side. The top panel depicts seal hunting. The bottom panel depicts a reindeer drive. The six panels on each side depict scenes of Alaskan life, landscapes, and seascapes.

Exhibition History

  • Shorelines, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; 2001 through 2004
  • Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; June 24, 2006 through November 27, 2011


Peabody Essex Museum