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

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IMAGE
Whaling Charm:

LOCATION: Uyak archaeological site, Kodiak Island, A.D. 1-1100

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 365592)

DIMENSIONS: 19 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
Whalers summoned spiritual power for the hunt through songs and charms. This old walrus ivory carving from Kodiak Island has a mouth grip on the back so it could be worn by a dancer. Whales and a human face with a whale-tail mouth are carved on the front. Birds' heads on the ends may be helping spirits. Small holes around the edges probably once held feathers.


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