Wherever you go the Great Land, you'll find unique, authentic Alaskan products and crafts. Handcrafted items found in galleries and shops of Native artwork make very special gifts and are a wonderful way to remember your trip to Alaska.
Some special Alaskan handcrafts include:
- Gold nugget jewelry and items carved from ivory and jade
- Handmade clothing and toys
- Collectors items made from animal skins, fur or bone
- Woven baskets of beach grass, bark or baleen
- Alaskan delicacies - canned and smoked salmon, wild berry products and reindeer sausage
- Native seal oil candles, beaded mittens, fur mukluks and miniature hand-carved totem poles
- Be sure to look for the "Made in Alaska" logo, which indicates an item genuinely manufactured in Alaska. If you find a silver hand logo, it identifies the item as a Native Alaskan handicraft.
- Handcrafted items made of walrus ivory and other by-products of subsistence hunting provide an income source for Native Alaskan artisans and a valuable investment for the buyer. Be careful though - some wildlife products cannot be transported through customs without special permits. Visitors are advised to mail these souvenirs home to avoid confusion at the border.