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

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IMAGE
Beak Rattle:

LOCATION: Uganik (Unganút), Kodiak Island, 1883

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 90438)

DIMENSIONS: 23 cm in diameter.

DESCRIPTION:
"The hunters . ring out their rattles in harmony with the music, and all are singing happily with fair voice..." (G. Davydov, Russian naval officer, describing a dance on Kodiak Island, 1802). Circular rattles hung with beaks, hooves, claws, and shells were used over a wide area of Alaska and the Northwest Coast of Canada. This Kodiak Island rattle is made with beaks from puffins (a kind of seabird) tied to a wooden frame.


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