in Palmer, Alaska, the Musk
Ox Farm is a private non-profit organization dedicated to the
development and domestication of the musk ox, Ovibos
moschatus for the purpose of providing
additional subsistence income opportunities for Alaskaís first people.
The Musk Ox Project began to introduce a gentle, non-intrusive form of
agriculture to the Arctic in 1954. Our musk
oxen are the foundation of an Alaskan cottage industry for natives living in
remote coastal villages.
under-wool of the musk ox, qiviut, is
harvested once a year and delivered to Oomingmak,
an Alaskan native knitter's co-operative. The knitters work at home in Eskimo
villages throughout Alaska
creating scarves, nachaqs (Eskimo
smoke rings) and luxurious caps. Each village has it's own signature pattern
derived from traditional designs. For more information about qiviut and the native knitter's
cooperative, link to www.qiviut.com.
Every year we host thousands of visitors who come to view the animals, learn
about the project and take advantage of this unique opportunity to see and
photograph one of the Arctic's oldest living
species. For a truly Alaskan experience, come visit the farm and take an
informative tour led by a knowledgeable guide. See tame cows, powerful bulls,
and newborn calves that will make your heart melt.
Musk Ox Farm
P.O. Box 587
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