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Joel Isaak's love for working with live materials comes from a desire to pursue the historical materials and processes used by his Athabascan ancestors. But Isaak credits the European part of his heritage for the realization of art’s power to express emotion and to communicate.Shehla Anjum | First Alaskans

Alaska Native artist Joel Isaak uses fish skins to communicate emotion, culture

April 14, 2014 - 8:47pm -- benanderson
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Joel Isaak's love for working with live materials comes from a desire to pursue the historical materials and processes used by his Athabascan ancestors, and fish skin represents a functional, dynamic material with a variety of artistic applications.

Artist Joel Isaak finds inspiration for his fish skin designs in his Alaska Native and European heritage.

Shehla Anjum | First Alaskans
Quillwork was a popular style for decorating Athabascan garments until Europeans introduced glass beads in the mid-1800s. Now, two Athabascan artists and an art conservator are recreating the ancient art of quillwork.Shehla Anjum | First Alaskans

Quillwork was a popular style for decorating Athabascan garments until Europeans introduced glass beads in the mid-1800s. Now, two Athabascan artists and an art conservator are recreating the ancient art of quillwork.

Shehla Anjum | First Alaskans

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