Calendar

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From card: "tsish-lat. Also a bone spoon." [Spoon is incorrectly numbered 90435. It is actually E90432-0] Calendar illus. Fig. 202, p. 213 in Crowell, Aron, Amy F. Steffian, and Gordon L. Pullar. 2001. Looking both ways: heritage and identity of the Alutiiq people. Fairbanks, Alaska: University of Alaska Press. Identified there as a Russian Orthodox peg calendar. "Pegs were moved one hole each day on this household calendar of the Russian Orthodox year. One peg traveled the top row of seven holes for days of the week, with a cross for Sunday. Another moved through monthly rows of 30, 31, and 28 holes, starting with September, the beginning of the ecclesiastical year. Crosses, circles, and x's mark major and minor feast days."
Source of the information below: Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska Native Collections: Sharing Knowledge website, by Aron Crowell, entry on this artifact http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=192, retrieved 9-2-2012: Calendar, Sugpiaq (Alutiiq), Koniag. cisllaq "calendar" - Language: Koniag Sugpiaq (Alaska Peninsula dialect)
Record Last Modified
14 Jan 2020
Specimen Count
2
Accession Date
8 Feb 1884
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Accession Number
014024
USNM Number
E90435-0
Culture
Eskimo, Alutiiq (Sugpiaq), Koniag
Collector
William J. Fisher
Donor Name
William J. Fisher
Topic
Ethnology
Place
Kodiak Island / Orlova (Eagle Harbor), Kodiak Islands, Alaska, United States, North America
Width - Object
17.5 cm
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Object Type
Calendar