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 Post subject: Alutiiq Dance - A fall tradition from Alaska
PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2000 9:52 pm 
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"Each fall, after the end of salmon fishing and the berry harvest, the Alutiiq people of southern coastal Alaska held a series of festivals and spiritual ceremonies that lasted throughout the winter months. Dances and accompanying songs addressed powerful spirits who could help or harm human beings, and appealed to the souls of animals upon whom life depended."<P>This lovely website: <A HREF="http://www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/features/fisher/index.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/features/fisher/index.html</A> focuses on dance in the lives of the Alutiiq people of Alaska. There are four primary sections of the site - descriptions of of the winter ceremonies on Kodiak Island between 1804 and 1807 by Gideon, a Russian Orthodox churchman, photographs and descriptions of the William J. Fisher collection (1879-1884) from the National Museum of Natural History, a Quicktime video with a sample of Alutiiq dance, and a bibliography. <P>More can be read about the Alutiiq people at the Alaska Native Heritage Center's website: <A HREF="http://www.alaskanative.net/37.cfm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.alaskanative.net/37.cfm</A> <BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Alutiiq Dance - A fall tradition from Alaska
PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2000 8:38 pm 
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Priscilla, this is fascinating. Do you think we can excerpt any of these for our features page?<P>An image of a wooden mask:<P> Image


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 Post subject: Re: Alutiiq Dance - A fall tradition from Alaska
PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2000 8:40 pm 
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BTW, there are wonderful illustrations of the Alutiig dance on the website. Check it out.


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