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An Alutiiq Dance
ILLUSTRION-WOMEN'S DANCE
Illustration © Mark Matson

Hieromonk Gideon:
"During the women's dance, the old men who are enjoying themselves make every possible effort to make some of them laugh, as according to their custom the father or husband of the woman who succumbs to teasing and laughs must pay a fine for the benefit of the old and the poor: it is enough for a wife or a daughter just to smile ever so slightly while dancing. I myself was given a gift of lavtak by a father and a sealskin by a husband when their daughter and wife respectively violated this ancient tradition..."

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Alutiiq Objects - William J. Fisher Collection:
WOMAN'S BEADED SKIN BELT 72470
Woman's beaded skin belt 
72470
BEADED EARRINGS 72465
Beaded earrings 
72465
BEADED NECKLACE 72465
Beaded necklace 
72467
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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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