History of the Festival of Native Arts Emblem
Tanana artist James G. Schrock-Grant designed in 1974 the Festival of Native Arts Emblem to represent the Alaska Native peoples and their cultures.
A woodcarver from Southeast Alaska is shown carving a totem pole, while an Aleut hunter carves a wooden hat. Both the Yup’ik and Inupiaq are represented by the ivory-carver, while a snowshoe maker represents the Athabascan. In a circle matching each figure are animals used by each of the Native people: the dog salmon by the Tlingit/Haida/Tsimshian; the seal by Aleuts; the whale by Yup’ik and Inupiaq; and the caribou by Athabascans. The raven in center of the circle, signifying traditional religious beliefs, represents all Alaska Native people. This beautiful emblem represents the diverse cultures of Alaska.