Origin: Savoonga, St. Lawrence Island
Culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Ike Kulowiyi was born on December 16th, 1954 to Dean and Gloria Kulowiyi. Born to a whole family of artists, Kulowiyi learned to carve from his grandfather Albert. His mother and brother Dean are also noted artists. Ike and his brother spend a good portion of the summer digging for old, fossilized walrus ivory around Savoonga. Kulowiyi also hunts for walrus and whale as a traditional form of subsistence and so is particularly skilled in making carvings that accurately convey the graceful movements of the animals in water.