The following is from a brochure received sometime in 1999, issued by the Friendship Flight Cultural Fund of Anchorage, Alaska, offering philatelic covers.
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Philatelic Commemorative cover has been provided to document the Alaska
Airlines FRIENDSHIP FLIGHT between
The cachet for this souvenir commemorative envelope was designed by Alaskan artist Jon Van Zyle, who has the reputation as story teller through his art work. He provides intimacy with the land and its people.
this historically significant event, Van Zyle choose to utilize the design from
an early piece of scrimshaw depicting the extensive trade network that existed
between the North American Eskimos, Siberian Eskimos, and the Chuckchi-Siberian Eskimos living west of the Bearing
Strait. The large skin umiaks were used by the
Siberians to make the dangerous voyage across the
Alaska Airlines, the aircraft shown here beneath its Eskimo logo, is seeking to implement and facilitate the reestablishment of trade and friendship between the North American and Asian Continents.
artwork also shows Vitus Bering, the Danish naval
officer who served in the imperial navy of Peter the Great of Russian. Bering
is credited with the discovery of
This insert was prepared by
the Walukiewicz family and printed by ASETS.
Bold with friendship: We shall meet
A time for sharing; A time for caring
Closed from one another; for so many years
We no longer knew: each other any more
Freely, our grandfathers
used to pass the invisible line; that now separates us.
Today, we shall meet: Today we shall visit
Once again as our ancestors did; Bold with friendship.
Poem by Bernadette
A King Island Eskimo, now residing in
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