Alaska Ivory showcases the
finest examples of the
traditional Alaska Native art
form of walrus ivory carving.
Celebrating the artistic genius
and indomitable spirit of the
native peoples of Alaska, these
unique carvings bring to life the
animals and culture of these far
northern lands. The culmination
of over thirty years of carving
experience, each piece
becomes an embodiment of
both the artist’s  own personal
history as a child growing up on
the banks of the Yukon river
and the influences of his
Athabascan forebears. Master
Carver Leonard Savage’s
meticulous attention to detail
and realism is balanced by his
unsurpassed ability to breathe
life into the medium, thereby
creating works of art which
blend traditional subjects with
contemporary styling. Since his
teen years, Mr. Savage, a self-
taught artist, has chronicled the
history and culture of the
Alaska Native people through
his work. Through his carvings,
he has preserved the
ceremonies and activities of
their lives, and the animals
central to that lifestyle, not only
through the carvings
themselves, but also through
the very acting of carving, an
art form now practiced by only
a few remaining Alaska
Natives. Mr. Savage is pleased
to be able to offer these pieces
for sale to not only collectors of
fine art, but also to those
interested in the cultures of
Alaska Ivory
Leonard Savage
The Athabascan Indian Ivory Carver
For hundreds of years the carvers used primitive bow-drills and stone to shape their carvings.
The animal carvings were used as good luck charms to help in the hunt or to chase away evil spirits.

Today's modern carver still holds ivory as a valuable material. It is sometimes referred to as 'white gold' because it is used as a form of cash and income.

Walrus tusks are the two canine teeth that have grown to unusual lengths. The tusks are used by the walrus for digging clams at the bottom of the sea, they are also
formidable protection and intimidation.

Many tusks from the bull walrus can reach three feet in length and weigh over ten pounds. The female tusks are much smaller but have fewer chips and cracks.

Walrus ivory can only be harvested by Alaska Natives and raw unfinished tusks can only be sold from one Alaska Native to another Alaska Native.

Because of this rule the walrus have flourished in abundance on Alaska's coasts.

The walrus range from the Aleutian Islands northward to the ice cap. They can be found dozing on floating beds of ice far out in the middle of the Bering Sea or in huge
numbers on rocky island beaches.

The meat is the 'beef' to the Inuit who use almost every part of the animal for survival and to cover their boats.
Carvings are an important source of cash for people who live in places where jobs are scarce. To many people, ivory is the only source of income.

People from throughout the world seek the carvings from Alaska because of the quality and value.