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An Alutiiq Dance
NEM DANCE WEARING MASKS
Illustration © Mark Matson

Hieromonk Gideon:
"Such festivities last all night - almost until dawn. At the end, the host gives to all whom he has invited parkas, amber and dentalium beads, and other riches he possessed. He also gives gifts to the owner of the kazhim, the speaker, and others, as he deems necessary. Then they disperse, without any kind of ceremeony, but in a restrained manner - without noise, in silence (Gideon 1989:45-46)."      

Alutiiq Objects - William J. Fisher Collection:
PAINTED BENTWOOD BOX 168637
Painted bentwood box 
168637
CEREMONIAL DISH 168623
Ceremonial dish 
168623
GOAT HORN SPOON 90428
Goat horn spoon 
90428
Text as quoted from Hieromonk Gideon, Kodiak 1804-1807
Translation from Russian by Lydia Black (Gideon 1989)
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