The North Slope is known for oil, but another precious resource is the art. For thousands of years, Inupiaq artists have reflected their land and culture in pieces of art, passing along the craft down the generations.

Artists use local resources like caribou, polar bears, arctic fox and marine animals like the bowhead whales in their work. One of the most recognizable forms of artwork from the region is the Eskimo mask, made from caribou skin, wolverine, wolf or caribou or a combination of all three. Another prominent local craft are model skin boats and or model baleen boats.