Material Traditions: Sewing Gut
The Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum continued its Material Traditions series of Alaska Native arts events with Sewing Gut, a week-long public residency on how to process and sew seal intestine with artists Mary Tunuchuk (Yup’ik), Elaine Kingeekuk (St. Lawrence Island Yupik), and Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Iñupiaq-Athabascan), joined by local art students and museum conservators. The artists cleaned and scraped intestine to remove extra tissue; blew them up like balloons to dry; split them into strips; and sewed them together with modified embroidery thread, sinew and grass. The residency was followed by a community workshop at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel.
To view the complete set of educational videos on how to sew gut and more, go to http://www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/html/sharing-knowledge-alaska/Index.html or search online for "Sharing Knowledge Alaska Sewing Gut"). Use Google Chrome for best viewing.
In addition, a limited number of DVD copies and full resolution HD files are available by request. Contacts for the Alaska office of the Arctic Studies Center are available at