A recent law in California prohibits the sale of ivory which may have an effect on Alaska Native artists that use walrus ivory. The Marine Mammal Act of 1972 allows the interstate sale of walrus ivory crafts if they are made by Alaska Natives. But the law in California creates confusion about the legality of walrus ivory. We’ll talk with artists and advocates about why the law needs clarification.
Susie Silook (St. Lawrence Island Yup’ik) – traditional and contemporary artist and writer
Vera Metcalf (St. Lawrence Island Yu’pik) – director of the Eskimo Walrus Commission
Margaret Williams – managing director of the Arctic program at the World Wildlife Fund
Break music: Canoe Song (song) Chenoa (artist) Spirit of Salishan (Album)