Ivory & Pumpkin: A carving master from Savoonga finds Halloween harmony

Updated: Oct. 23, 2023 at 4:59 PM AKDT
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Theodore Kingeekuk lives in the Siberian Yup'ik village of Savoonga, population 950 and just about 40 miles from Russia. The shop teacher, basketball coach, and dad is a talented carver, a skill passed down through his generations of Siberian Yup'ik ancestors. He's spent many hours carving out of the ivory tusks of walruses. It is a part of their Siberian Yup'ik culture and history. This year for the first time, his kids asked him to carve a Halloween pumpkin for them, and he did, and it was of — you guessed it — a walrus! Theo is proud of his heritage, and he is passing it along to his children. But like he told me, he likes "spooky stuff" too! And he just loves to carve! By the way, pumpkins in Savoonga cost you about $2.50 a pound … not cheap! If you would like to contact Theodore Kingeekuk, email him at theodore.kingeekuk@sva.bssd.org If you have an idea for an Allgood news story, email Dave: Allgoodnews@ktuu.com