Alaska Native Arts Foundation

Last updated on 1 May 2017

The Alaska Native Arts Foundation, which closed in the spring of 2016, mostly due to economic reasons,[1] was a non-profit organization formed to support the Alaska Native art community. The organization was established in 2002. Its mission was an economic development organization focused on building markets for Alaska Native art and offers programs to empower artists. In addition, the Foundation maintained extensive inventory of Native art and utilitarian, handmade items of all sorts, based on the "subsistence" lifestyle of its makers: walrus ivory carvings, baleen etchings, whalebone sculpture, salmon and halibut skin baskets, caribou antler dolls dressed in traditional sealskin clothing; and wearable art and accessories: jewelry, baskets, traditional "ulu" knives, fur parkas, hats, gloves, mittens, traditional "mukluks", summer parkas, bolo ties, "scrimshaw" belt buckles, silver, gold and copper jewelry, and hair ornaments.

Alaska Native Arts Foundation
Industry Cultural arts
Founded Anchorage, Alaska, USA (2002)
Headquarters Anchorage, Alaska
Key people
Trina Landlord,
Executive Director
Board of Directors:
Perry Eaton, Chair
Alvin Amason, Susie Bevins-Ericsen, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, Barbara Overstreet, Mary Sattler, Veronica Slajer, Cheryl Frasca and Georgia Blue
Number of employees
2 (2014)


  1. ^ "Alaska Native Arts Foundation and gallery to close". Alaska Dispatch News. 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2017-03-26.

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