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

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IMAGE
Stake Dolls:

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

REFERENCE: Alutiiq Museum, Koniag, Inc., Collection (UA85.193:4063 and UA85.193.3695)

DIMENSIONS: both 16 cm high.

DESCRIPTION:
It was believed that shamans could put a spirit into a doll, then send it away to save people from danger - or to cause their deaths. Some dolls could speak, but only the shaman could hear their words. Spirit-helpers also took the forms of owls and loons, whose calls meant the arrival of sickness.


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