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Alaska Trappers Hat
Hand sewn, Arctic ground squirrel fur
( sik sik puk ) with glass beading
mukluks by Jona Van Zyle


"Dog trainer's Jacket & Mukluks"

Juror's Award Winner in the "Earth Wind & Fiber"
art show. The jacket: Smoke-tanned moose hide, calf
skin and black felt. Hand stitched and adorned with old dog tags, bone pieces and fox fur. The mukluks: Moose hide, beaver fur and beaded dog tags.
The mukluks:
Beautifully created, moose hide,
beaver fur and beaded dog tags.


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Dog Trainers Mukluks
Dog Trainers Jacket
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Denali Park Mukluks
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"Denali Park Mukluks"
This creation is in the park's art collection. A gift from our 2004 "Artist-in-the-Park" residency. Hand stitched wearable mukluks, using materials representing our stay in the park. Smoke tanned moose hide, topped with beaver fur. The "tundra toes" represent the fall tundra in color and texture with 3 dimensional bead work on copper wire and ripe "blueberry" beads. Loom beaded migrating Sandhill cranes and a view of Dall sheep are on one mukluk. A leather applique of "The Mountain" viewed from Wonder Lake, with a swimming beaver, completes the other mukluk. Wolf footprints applied to the bottom of the mukluks so as not to leave a human trace as you move through the park.
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Wrangell/ St. Elias National Park and Preserve 2006 Artists-in-Residence - Jon and I were lucky enough to be chosen to be the Park artists in 2006. For our residency, I created coloring pages for the summer Jr. Ranger Program, which turned into creating a coloring and field notes book for the park. The other project was a beading program for the Jr. Rangers where we created necklaces to represent the Park around us. Each child chose beads of animals, flowers, birds, fish, wood, bone and glass to capture their favorite part of the park. The two groups of 20 children created 40 very different and unique necklaces. As a gift to the Park, I created my own version incorporating the Park's logo pin and beads and stones continuing that theme. I framed the necklace surrounding a map of the park and it hangs in the Park's Visitor Center in Glennallen.

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White House Ornament
Jona's Christmas Ornament was chosen for the White House - After our 2006 stint as the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Artist-in-Residence, I was honored to be asked to create a Christmas ornament to represent the park for the 2007 holiday. First Lady, Laura Bush, chose National Parks as the Theme, and the call went out in July 2007 to all the parks and National monuments across the country.

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Huichol Husky
Huichol Husky
"Huichol Husky" - The Huichol (pronouced wee-chill) Indians of Mexico do artwork by placing individual beads with tweezers in a thin wax coating. This 7 inch tall husky was a ten day project and was donated to the Siberian Husky Club of Americas' show auction.


"Wild Salmon on Parade" - I was an invited artist for the first year of this fund raising Anchorage project, My life size King Salmon was covered with stitched leather and bead work. Each summer about 25 or 30 salmon are decorated and placed around downtown Anchorage, then later auctioned to raise funds for local charities.

Salmon Skin Coat

"Upstream Jacket" - Two toned suede swing coat, handstiched and applaud with beaded, tanned salmon skins adorned in their spawning colors. This coat took over a year to create on and sold at a European show at it's premier appearance.


Ceremonial Snowsuit
from and Athabascan Dream : White calfskin leather, hand stitched ( baseball stitching ) and adorned with hand made beads, bones , flower stalks and feathers. It is a size 10 with a zipper down the back, although not actually wearable because the wrist and ankle sections are too narrow. This would be how I would dress my spirit to dance for snowy winters and perfect dog trails for my team !

dances with dogs

Dance with dogs

Dances with Dogs
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What would you wear to play with your dog in the moonlight? This piece has wearable, handstitched mask, moccasins and "fetch stick" of white calfskin leather. It is finished with beads and coyote fur.

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