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Necklace

uyamillquaq “necklace”
Language: Koniag Sugpiaq (Alaska Peninsula dialect)

During the women’s dance, old men who are enjoying themselves make every possible effort to make some of them laugh, as according to their custom the father or husband of the woman who succumbs to teasing and laughs must pay a fine.

—Gideon, 1804-07, from “The Round the World Voyage of Hieromonk Gideon 1803-1809”

On ceremonial occasions Sugpiaq women adorned themselves with heavy necklaces and other beads. According to Heinrich Holmberg’s account from 1851, “At the turn of this century, the lips and ear jewelry of a rich Koniag [Kodiak Island Sugpiaq] woman or an adorned dandy might have weighed a whole pound.”

Culture: Sugpiaq (Alutiiq)
Region: Alaska Peninsula
Village: Ugashik
Object Category: Ornaments, jewelry
Dimensions: Diameter 23cm
Accession Date: 1882
Source: William J. Fisher (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E072467