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October 24, 1997 - January 4, 1998
Museum: Natural History Museum
Location: 1st Floor, East Wing, Special Exhibitions Gallery (Hall 7)
150 Yup'ik Eskimo objects from the Yukon, Kuskokwim, and coastal southwestern Alaska are on view. These late 19th- and early 20th-century masks, decorated with feather tufts and wooden appendages, tell stories of ceremonial traditions that remain an important part of Yup'ik culture. Masks are from the following collections: the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of Natural History, the Moravian Historical Society, the Alaska State Museum, the Sheldon Jackson Museum, the University of Alaska Museum, the Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum, the Anchorage Museum, and private collections.
Organized by the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.
Catalogue: $40 (paper); $60 (cloth)