Walrus ivory carvings and masks, like these on display at Maruskiya’s in Nome, may be threatened by other states’ bans on the sale, purchase, and trade of various types of ivory. (Photo by Emily Russell/KNOM)

Native artisans worry ivory bans in other states could reverberate in Alaska

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The federal government instituted a near-total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant ivory, but many Alaskans are concerned the backlash from this ban is affecting other ivories. St. Lawrence Islander Susie Silook is the author of a petition to protect walrus ivory and other marine mammal by-products from various states’ legislation that would see it banned as a response to the federal ban.
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