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LOOKING BOTH WAYS: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People of Southern Alaska

Introduction
About the People
Alutiiq Villages
About this Project
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Ancestors
Our History
Our Way of Living
Our Beliefs
Our Family


IMAGE
Lamp:

LOCATION: Cook Inlet or Kodiak Island, late Kachemak tradition (A.D. 500-1100)

REFERENCE: National Museum of the American Indian (4/9236)

DIMENSIONS: 42 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
"Snow over and they can't hear the wind; they're nice and cozy in there" (Ephraim Agnot, Kodiak Island Elder, 1986). Stone lamps burned seal oil to bring light and warmth into the traditional winter house, which also had a hearth for burning wood. Old stone lamps were often carved with human figures, whales, and other designs. Photograph courtesy of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.


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