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Melvin Olanna

 (1941 - 1991)
Melvin Olanna was active/lived in Alaska.  Melvin Olanna is known for sculpture.

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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   ...  Displaying 750 of 2739 characters.

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