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

Introduction
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Alutiiq Villages
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Ancestors
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Our Way of Living
Our Beliefs
Our Family


IMAGE
Necklace: Uyamilquat / Woman's necklace.

LOCATION: Ugashik (Uggásaq), Alaska Peninsula, 1879-1882

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 72467)

DIMENSIONS: 23 cm in diameter.

DESCRIPTION:
People wore their finest bead jewelry at ceremonies. Glass beads first reached the Alutiiq region through Native trade connections to the Aleutian Islands, well before Russian fur traders arrived in person. Glass beads became common during the early decades of Russian rule. American trading companies imported beads like these during the late 1800s. Most were made at factories in Europe.


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