Make Sure the Native Art you Buy in Alaska can go Home With You!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska State Council on the Arts recently produced an updated Customs Guide on Alaska Native Arts. Long recognized as an excellent tool for the Alaska Native art market, the online guide helps artists, arts patrons, and retailers interpret the complex wildlife laws that affect the international trade of some of Alaska’s most unique products. Information in the guide can help visitors determine what artwork they can legally purchase and lawfully transport through Canada or across another national border. It leads well into the second paragraph and has a positive tone. The guide lists wildlife materials commonly used in traditional Alaska Native art. A corresponding table of federal requirements enables residents, visitors, artists, and shops to identify those gifts that can be legally carried home or shipped to various countries. The guide is a critical resource that answers many frequently asked questions about the legitimate use of various wildlife materials in artwork for sale, and includes the most current wildlife law fact sheets available. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska State Council on the Arts collaborated to update and provide this reference publication to meet four public service goals: Support the conservation and sustainability of Alaska’s unique natural resources based on established wildlife management laws; Ensure visitors that art pieces were legally created, sold, and transported; and can be carried home as a memory of their trip to Alaska; Strengthen the ability of Alaska Native artists and Alaska business owners to support international visitors’ patronage of Alaska Native artists and their distinctive work; Expand the general public’s knowledge of the laws that govern the purchase and market transportation of protected wildlife materials. Go to www.bit.ly/NativeCustomsGuide to view or download the guide. To request a printed color copy of the guide call 1-800-858-7621, email permitsR7LE@fws.gov, or write the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Import Export Office, P.O. Box 190045, Anchorage, AK 99519. The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq.
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