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An Alutiiq Dance
ILLUSTRATION OF AN ALUTIIQ DANCE
Illustration © Mark Matson

Hieromonk Gideon:
"Following the [elder] men, everyone sings, while the men, dressed in their festive little hats and embroidered hoods [kolpaki/kolbaki] made especially for such occasions, dance singly, with rattles in their hands, now jumping, now crouching down, or swaying their bodies from side to side, swinging the rattles in time. In these movements they represent their various hunting activities, for example, how a whaler spears a whale and then evades the animal, how a sea otter is being driven and so on."

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Alutiiq Objects - William J. Fisher Collection:
ERMIN HAT WITH BEADED PENDANTS 90451
Ermine hat with beaded pendants 
90451
PUFFIN BEAK RATTLE 90438
Puffin beak rattle 
90438
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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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