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taugciq “belt”
Language: Koniag Sugpiaq (Alaska Peninsula dialect)

This woman’s dance belt is made of soft, tanned caribou skin and ornamented with glass trade beads and brass rifle cartridges. It is stitched with fine sinew thread. The belt fastens at the waist with the two leather ties, leaving the fringed flaps to hang down in front. Dancers wore beaded belts, headdresses, and jewelry during the winter hunting ceremonies.

Culture: Sugpiaq (Alutiiq)
Region: Alaska Peninsula
Village: Ugashik
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Length 118cm
Accession Date: 1882
Source: William J. Fisher (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E072470