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

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IMAGE
Man's Cap:

LOCATION: Woody Island (Tangirnaq), Kodiak Island, 1879-1882

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 72477)

DIMENSIONS: 22 cm in diameter.

DESCRIPTION:
Circular skin caps were everyday wear for Alutiiq men in the 19th century. In style, they reflect the blending of traditions. The shape was Russian, but the decorations were Alutiiq: strips and cutouts made from dyed sea lion esophagus and decorative stitching in caribou hair, sinew, and yarn. The leaf and petal designs may have been inspired by European embroidery.


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