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WILLIAM J FISHER COLLECTION
GOAT HORN SPOON

COLLECTOR'S DOCUMENTATION:
"Horn spoon"

-William Fisher

CATALOG NO:  90428
OBJECT TYPE:  goat horn spoon

REMARKS:
Goat horn spoons made by Alaska Natives of the Northwest Coast and the Gulf of Alaska were trade items highly valued by both Native and non-Native peoples. While collected on Kodiak Island, this spoon was probably made by the Chugach Alutiit of Prince William Sound where mountain goats provided the black horns from which these exquisite implements were fashioned.

Several design features distinguish Alutiiq from Northwest Coast versions including the demarcation of the handle from the bowl, the lack of a recurved handle, and the use of conventional incised patterns and white sead beads to decorate the bowl and handle of the spoon. The prominent symbolic aspect to the elaborately carved handles suggests that they were used in a ceremonial context.

-Dee Hunt

CATALOG NUMBER:

90428

OBJECT TYPE:

goat horn spoon

ACCESSION NO.:

14024 (1884)

YEAR COLLECTED:

1883

FIELD NUMBER:

74

GROUP NAME:

liragmiut

GROUP NAME RECORDED BY FISHER:

NOT SPECIFIED

LOCATION:

lirak (Orloua or Eagle Harbor, Kodiak Island)

LOCATION RECORDED BY FISHER:

ORLOVA, KODIAK IS.

NATIVE LANGUAGE TERM:

alungun

NATIVE LANGUAGE TERM RECORDED BY FISHER:

A-LU-GUN

DIMENSIONS:

L=15 cm; bowl W=6.5 cm

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