(1941 - 1991)
Melvin Olanna was active/lived in Alaska. Melvin Olanna is known for sculpture.
Biography Melvin Olanna
Melvin Olanna, 1941-1991)
He was an Alaskan Native artist from Shishmaref, Alaska . He grew up living a subsistence lifestyle in Ikpik, near Shishmaref. He was born with one leg an inch and a half shorter than the other. It became obvious to him that he would have to become successful with his hands, rather than his legs. He also contracted tuberculosis at a very young age. He spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals, and eventually was cured. To pass the time in the hospital, Melvin would sketch drawings of animals. Melvin's father was a carver (sculptor) in Shishmaref, and taught Melvin how to carve. In an interview, Melvin tells the story of how he pretended to be sick one Sunday
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