The Musk Ox Farm~Visit: 12850 E. Archie Rd. Palmer, Alaska 99645~Mail: PO Box 587, Palmer, Alaska 99645

 

                                    Phone: (907) 745-4151      Fax: (907) 746-4831      Email: info@muskoxfarm.org

Oomingmak

 

   In 1968 the Project began workshops teaching Alaska Native women in villages such as Mekoryuk, Bethel, St. Mary’s and Tununak how to knit the unique lacy pattern for qiviut garments. Within a year, 1969, the cooperative was formed- Oomingmak, Musk Ox Producers’ Cooperative– and within ten more years over two hundred native women were earning a cash income that was vital to assisting with expenses throughout the year.  Oomingmak was created to be the all encompassing organization that would engage in the gentle and sustainable husbandry that John J. Teal Jr. envisioned, harvest the qiviut fiber, oversee processing, knitting, and the final marketing of the beautiful hand-knit garments that were produced.  

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