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

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IMAGE
Wooden Labrets:

LOCATION: Karluk 1 archaeological site, Kodiak Island, A.D. 1400-1750

REFERENCE: Alutiiq Museum, Kodiak Island, 1400-1750 A.D. (left UA85.193.3471; right AM193.94:821)

DIMENSIONS: left 6 cm high; right 11.5 cm high.

DESCRIPTION:
Labrets were a kind of jewelry, worn through a slit beneath the lower lip or sometimes the cheek. Archaeologists have discovered that people in southeastern Alaska began using labrets about 4,600 years ago. The custom later spread to the Alutiiq region. People stopped wearing labrets soon after Russian contact.


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