“This sculpture just happened. I only had a small piece of stone and did not know what I was going to carve. As I started carving the stone, it gradually transformed into a ptarmigan, a goose, and the shaman human forms.”
Ashivak’s parents are Kumaarjuk and David Adla, and both of his grandfathers, Aoudla Pee and Kulai Adla, were well-known carvers. When Ashivak was eleven, he started working with Aoudla Pee’s carving tools. He says that he learned from watching Nuna Parr and his son, Jutani, as they worked on their bear sculptures, though at the time, Ashivak already was already fascinated by birdlife. He has been exhibiting since 1988. His brothers Etidloi and Mappaluk are also carvers.
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