Alaska Inupiat artists, Mark 'Delutak' Tetpon, is a wood-walrus ivory-whale bone master carver who is known to but a few lucky art patrons outside of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. He has done numerous shows in Anchorage and Seattle, where his pieces are quickly acquired, thus secreting away knowledge of his works and awareness about his prodigious talent.
Mark’s pieces depict sea mammals or birds as they are understood within the spiritual realms of his people. A sculptured polar bear or walrus might be drumming; an honoring mask that depicts a loon or seal’s body will be surrounded by a dozen smaller sculptures paying homage to the life of The People.
Mark’s father, John, from the traditional village of Shaktoolik along the Bering Sea Coast near Nome, mentored him in the ways of the Inupiat people and during Mark’s early artistic endeavors. John can still collaborates with Mark on particular pieces.