Lawrence Ahvakana

(American | Inupiat, born 1946)

Native Alaskan artist Lawrence Ahvakana creates sculptural artworks representative of his Inupiat culture and symbols. He is inspired by the oral histories and legends passed down through his family. He spent his childhood in Barrow, Alaska, part of the Inuit Nation that spans from Siberia to Greenland. He now lives on the Port Madison Reservation in Suquamish, Northwestern Washington. He studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture and Glass Arts from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1972.