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

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IMAGE
Spirit Mask:

LOCATION: Prince William Sound, 1875

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 20265)

DIMENSIONS: 62 cm high.

DESCRIPTION:
This large mask has a whistling mouth and the pointed head of a kala'aq spirit (called an yaq on Kodiak Island). It was one of seven taken from a cave in Prince William Sound by the Alaska Commercial Company in 1875, and sent to the Smithsonian Institution. It was repatriated to the Chugach Heritage Foundation in 2000.


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