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Jimmy Carlisle

Origin:  King Island, AK

Culture:  King Island Inupiaq

Jimmy Carlisle was born on April 12th 1962 to Johnny and Gemma Carlisle.  His brother Isaac and grandfather Joachim Koyuk are also well-known carvers.  Carlisle learned carving from the tribe elders and from the King Island workshop in Nome.  Uniquely skilled in both whalebone and ivory carvings, he is best known for his ivory masks and bone dancers. Carlisle served as President of King Island I.R.A. and was Community Chief.

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