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

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IMAGE
Hunting Hat: Awihnaq / Spruce-root hunting hat.

LOCATION: Karluk (Kallut), Kodiak Island, 1884

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 74720)

DIMENSIONS: 38 cm in diameter.

DESCRIPTION:
A creature with oval eyes and a toothy mouth is painted on this spruce root hat from Kodiak Island. The hat also has glass beads, white dentalium shells (a kind of sea snail with a cone-shaped shell), sea lion whiskers, and red cloth. There is a cloth chin strap underneath. Hunters wore spruce root hats to attract sea otters and believed strongly in their power. The painted image may represent a hunter's helping spirit.


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