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

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Nose Ornament:

LOCATION: Alaska Peninsula, 1879-1882

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 72484)

DIMENSIONS: 12 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
In classical Alutiiq society, a child's nose was pierced shortly after birth to accommodate a nose pin. The ornaments were made with beads, feathers, bone, dentalium shells, or sea lion whiskers. This example consists of glass beads strung on copper wire.


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