Exhibit at Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.

Bering Straits Native Corporation

Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) was formed in 1972 as the ANCSA regional Alaska Native Corporation for the Bering Strait region, which encompasses the majority of Alaska’s Seward Peninsula and the coastal lands of eastern Norton Sound. This region is perhaps the most culturally diverse area in the state with three Native languages spoken: Siberian Yupik, Central Yup’ik, and Inupiaq. BSNC began with 6,333 original shareholders and owns and manages nearly two million acres of subsurface land selected by 17 village corporations.

BSNC is headquartered in Nome, Alaska. Regional operations include real estate management, development, tourism, construction, mining services and sales of rock and aggregate.

Video courtesy of the Bering Straits Native Corp.

Artistic carving is an inherited trait for Joe Kunnuk of King Island, Alaska. He was taught the artform by his father and also his grandfather, noted carver John Olanna. Learn more about him and see more of his work at Maruskiya’s of Nome: Northwest Alaska Native Art.

For more information about The Bering Straits Native Corporation, visit the region’s website.