Tribe: Koyukon Athabaskan / Inupiaq / Nome
Based In: Anchorage, AK
About the Art
Ggaadimits Ivalu, Erin Gingrich, is a Koyukon and Inupiaq carver whose work connects with the historically traditional beliefs of her ancestors on the value of our natural environment as gifts gathered from the land. A childhood spent across the state of Alaska imposed a personal impression of Alaska’s biological diversity, mixed with experience of Alaska’s sacred subsistence life ways, the true value of our state's ecosystems are immeasurable, and a gatherable gift that was cared for by our ancestors. To establish these beliefs, Erin’s work explores representations of these resources that make our environment unique through carved, painted and beaded sculptural mask forms.
Ggaaditmits and Ivalu are the Indigenous names given to Erin from family and elders from the communities of Galena and Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska.
Ggaadimits- Koyukon for butterfly
Ivalu- Inupiaq for thread