Johnny Avatock

Johnny Avatock (1932-2006) was born in Dillingham and grew up in Sitka, Alaska. Avatock became a silversmith when he was young. Although of Aleut heritage, he was well known for his Tlingit carving designs. He studied in the 1960s under Lincoln Wallace and other craftsmen at Alaskan Indian Arts Inc., in Haines. Avatock was involved in carving the door of the Governor’s office as well as the world’s largest totem pole in Kake. “Chipping,” done in the background, was a hallmark of his work.