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

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IMAGE
Bird Mask: Agayulqútaq / Mask.

LOCATION: Sitkinak Island (Sigtunaq), Kodiak archipelago, 1883

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 90466)

DIMENSIONS: 31 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
Each mask represented a spirit who was celebrated with dances and songs at the winter hunting ceremonies. This mask has a bird's beak and the pointed head of an íyaq - the spirit of a man or woman who had led an evil life. An íyaq could be adopted by a shaman as one of his helping spirits. This mask is burned on one side, perhaps on purpose. Masks were often destroyed or placed in caves after the end of a ceremony.


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