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An Alutiiq Dance
ILLUSTRATION -WOMEN AND YOUNG GIRLS DANCE
Illustration © Mark Matson

Hieromonk Gideon:
"Women and young girls always dance by themselves, without men. They solemnly line up in a row, tightly one behind another, and by slight, almost imperceptible movements, they crouch down, then straighten up in the same manner, now and then swaying to the right and then to the left. At the begining of their dance they first of all extend slightly forwrd their left hands, and, with finger bent, hold them in this position as long as the singers sing without words. As soon as those who beat the drums and sing begin to sing about their dead ancestors, mentioning the name and the death of a particular kinsman, the women, immediately and in unison, turn their palms downward, toward the ground."

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Alutiiq Objects - William J. Fisher Collection:
WOMAN'S BEADED HEADDRESS 72472
Woman's beaded headdress 
72472
MAN'S BEADED HEADDRESS 72476
Man's beaded headdress 
72476
BEADED HEADDRESS 90453
Beaded headdress 
90453
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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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