PERRY EATON was born in Kodiak, Alaska in 1945 and is a member of the Sun’aq Tribe of Sugpiaq Alutiiq. He served as the President and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center during its inception and opening in 1999, and currently serves on several boards and committees, including Koniag Inc. and its subsidiaries (the regional Native corporations for Kodiak Island’s Alutiiq people); the First National Bank of Alaska; the Alaska Native Arts Foundation; the Alutiiq Museum; and Urban Works. Internationally, he has worked through the University of Alaska and on the board of Counterpart International Inc. on indigenous peoples’ socio-economic issues. As an artist he is focused on Alutiiq mask designs and black and white photography. His work has been shown internationally and he has been an artist in residence at the Chateau-Musee in Boulogne sur Mer, France and Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received a Governor’s award for his contributions to the Humanities in 2006 and was selected as a United States Artist Rasmuson Fellow in 2009.
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