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

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Shaman Bracelets:

LOCATION: Ugashik (Uggásaq), Alaska Peninsula, 1885-1886

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 127803)

DIMENSIONS: 7 cm in diameter.

DESCRIPTION:
These shaman's bracelets are made from the snouts of river otters. The animals may have been among the shaman's personal spirit-helpers who assisted in curing illnesses, foretelling the future, and other tasks. A walrus ivory pin decorates each otter's nose. The gray and black pebbles, each with a natural, water worn hole, were once attached to the bracelets with sinew cords.


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