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Ivory workshop gives a place for struggling Anchorage carvers to work

Nov 13, 2019

In a cluttered downtown Anchorage workshop, Leon Misak Kinneeveauk pondered what to do with small walrus skull on an afternoon in late October.

“I think I’m gonna make a mask out of that,” he said.

Alaska's lone U.S. congressman and senators introduced legislation in the House and Senate to pre-empt states from banning walrus ivory, whale bone and other marine mammal products.  The delegation proposes amending the Marine Mammal Protection Act, or MMPA, through these new bills.

This is a step in the right direction, Eskimo Walrus Commission director Vera Metcalf said.

9/19/2016

Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Alaska have charged four men with killing walrus gathered on the state's northwest shore last year, removing the animals' ivory tusks and leaving the meat to waste. Prosecutors say the four residents of the village of Point Hope twice caused several hundred walrus to stampede, knowing that smaller animals in the herd could be crushed. Investigators found 25 animals killed a year ago at Cape Lisburne.