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SHOPPING Gift and curio stores run buy moncler jackets toronto along Fourth and Fifth Avenues. Items bearing the “Silver Hand” tag are authentic Alaskanmade art and handcrafts. Eskimo, Indian or Aleut craftsmen using walrus ivory or whalebone, soapstone or jade and furs usually market their work through cooperatives and, in turn, to retail merchants.

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Alaska has many resident artists who are inspired by its mountains and seashore and depict the wildlife and town and village activities with brush or camera. Their work is often shown at Artique Ltd., 314 G Street; Rendezvous Gallery, 600 West Sixth Avenue, and Stephen Fine Arts, 440 West Third Avenue.