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

Introduction
About the People
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Ancestors
Our History
Our Way of Living
Our Beliefs
Our Family


IMAGE
Large Mask: Gínaquq / Mask.

LOCATION: Douglas (Kaguyaq), Alaska Peninsula, 1884

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 74694)

DIMENSIONS: 51 cm high.

DESCRIPTION:
Large masks hung from the ceiling of the qasgiq (ceremonial house) during the winter hunting ceremonies. Dancers moved behind them, or pushed to make them fly across the room. Holes around the edge of this mask once held wooden ornaments, feathers, or a hoop. The mask's weathered appearance suggests that it came from a cave or crevice, where masks were often stored.


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