Yupic eskimo funeral Atmautluak, Alaska photo
During my stay at the Atmautluak school, an elder in the Yupic village died. As I worked on the painting I could watch the village activities from the window. Students did not attend school for several days and airplanes full of mourners from all the surrounding villages showed up every day. I was alone inside the school library with my painting. People walked up and down the boardwalk all day long and finally gathered at the church for the funeral.Â The tiny building was so crowded that during the ceremony many stood outside as shown in my photo above.Â My painting progressed very well because I was alone and could concentrate on it completely.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska Artist