Return of the Sun Blanket
- 64" x 80 (163 x 203 cm)
- Unnapped, felt bound
- 82% wool/18% cotton
- Dry clean
- Made in the USA
The traditions and activities of the Iñupiat, today, as in the past, revolve around the changing of the seasons. This blanket, inspired by the artwork of Larry Ahvakana, celebrates the arrival of the sun back to the Arctic and the start of hunting season. The Iñupiat mark this special time with the Messenger Feast — a ceremony where the spirits of the past season’s harvest are ushered back into the spirit world. Today, the celebration fosters cultural pride and the regeneration of traditional values.
Larry Ahvakana is Inupiaq of Barrow and Point Hope, Alaska. He was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and has been a working artist since 1972. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He studied at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, and instructed at the Institute of American Indian Art. He headed the Sculpture Studio at the Visual Arts Center in Anchorage, Alaska, and founded a teaching studio for glass blowing in Barrow, Alaska.
A portion of the proceeds from this blanket will be donated to the American Indian College Fund to help support tribal colleges.