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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
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Ancestors
Our History
Our Way of Living
Our Beliefs
Our Family


IMAGE
Sinew Line: Punehpak / Braided sinew line.

LOCATION: Katmai (Qayirwik), Alaska Peninsula, 1879-1882

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 72492)

DIMENSIONS: bundle 13 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
Alutiiq women twisted sinew fibers from whales, porpoises, and bears into strong lines for hunting equipment and kayaks. Learning to make braided cords was one of a young girl's first lessons. This cord is decorated with colored thread and strands of caribou hair.


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