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Image | Celebrating, c1960

Iñupiaq artist James Kivetoruk Moses’s painting depicts Seward Peninsula Iñupiat dancing to celebrate the U.S. victory in World War II . The dancers are husband and wife, dressed in hand sewn fur parkas and boots, and the man wears a loon-skin headdress. The drums are covered with dried walrus stomach.

Kivetoruk Moses, Eskimo Dance Celebrate Big Day, drawing, c. 1960, Anchorage Museum; Gift of the Anchorage Museum Foundation, 2002.002.009. Photograph by Chris Arend.

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