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An Alutiiq Dance
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Illustration © Mark Matson

Hieromonk Gideon:
"Everyone comes: men, women, and young girls, as well as the little ones. In the kashim, the men sit on benches, the women on the floor beneath the benches, each wife at the place occupied by her husband.

The [elder] men beat the drums and start to sing songs in honor of their ancestors and forefathers, remembering and reminiscing about how many baidara [large skin boats] they used to own, how many sea otters they had, and so on."

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Alutiiq Objects - William J. Fisher Collection:
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Man's ground squirrel parka 
90469
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Beaded nose ornament 
72484
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Drum 
72505
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Text as quoted from Hieromonk Gideon, Kodiak 1804-1807
Translation from Russian by Lydia Black (Gideon 1989)
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