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Mask

kegginaquq “mask”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Uksuarmi wani Qaaritaarnilartut. (In the fall they had Qaaritaaq (old time festival with masks.) Taum nallini kegginaqurluteng wani Qaaritaarluteng agayuliluteng-gguq, agayuluteng. (At that festival they used masks and prayed.)

—John Phillip, Sr., 2003

This ceremonial mask has a wide, toothy mouth, a spotted face, and three attached plumes. It is similar to other masks representing the sculpin, a spiny ocean fish, although the community’s meaning for this mask not recorded.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Southwest Alaska
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length 49.5cm
Accession Date: 1892
Source: J. Henry Turner (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E153627