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

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IMAGE
Masks:

LOCATION: Karluk 1 archaeological site, Kodiak Island, A.D. 1400 - 1750

REFERENCE: Alutiiq Museum, Koniag, Inc., Collection (left UA84.193:1044; right AM193.87.9260)

DIMENSIONS: left 23.5 cm high; right 22.5 cm high.

DESCRIPTION:
Alutiiq masks from the Karluk 1 archaeological site on Kodiak Island are similar to Yup'ik masks from farther north, one of many discoveries that suggest a link between Alutiiq and Yup'ik cultures. The owl (mask on left) was one of the spirit-helpers who assisted shamans. Birds appear on many Alutiiq masks and carvings, and play an important role in oral traditions.


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