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

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IMAGE
Drum: Cauyaq / Drum.

LOCATION: Ugashik (Uggásaq), Alaska Peninsula, 1879-1882

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 72505)

DIMENSIONS: 49 cm in diameter.

DESCRIPTION:
Drums are played to accompany song and dance. Traditionally, the drumhead was made from a seal hide, seal bladder, or halibut stomach. Some Alutiiq drums were painted with figures representing shamans' spirit helpers. Others had carved and painted handles.


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