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Mask

sagimaaqlux^ “mask”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

Long ago, when they buried the chief—tuukg^uu [chief, leader] I always call it—of the village and the islands, they buried him with his things that he treasured and were sacred and put them in the cave.

—Mary Bourdukofsky, 2001

This mask, probably made for a hunting ceremony several centuries ago, was found in a burial cave on Tigalda Island.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Tigalda Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Ceremony
Object Type: Mask
Dimensions: Height 49cm
Source: Harley Stamp (collector)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 075905.000