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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
Supplemental Reading

Object Categories
Ancestors
Our History
Our Way of Living
Our Beliefs
Our Family


IMAGE
Blubber Hooks:

LOCATION: Ugashik (Uggásaq), Alaska Peninsula, 1885-1886

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 127811)

DIMENSIONS: left 18 cm long; right 19 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
" . We're all well schooled in the way of living .. If you got some meat or some fish or something like that . you shared with the whole village" (Natalie Simeonoff, Kodiak Island Elder, 1991). In Ugashik in the 1880s, when a hunter brought home a seal or beluga whale, the entire village shared in the feast. Each child received a small piece of blubber and carried it away on a special bone or ivory hook.


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