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Dance fans

tegumiak “pair of dance fans”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Also called:
yurarrsuutek “pair of dance fans”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Aturairluku un’ keggaacesseng angutet, kegginaqurluteng, nutaan-llu tamakut aturluki feather-alriit tava-ll’. (The boys would remove clothing from the torso, put on a mask, and use the dance fans that have feathers on them.)

—Neva Rivers, 2002

Hand-held fans accentuate the fluid movements of a dancer’s arms. They were used in traditional winter ceremonies and continue as part of contemporary Yup’ik dance regalia. Men’s fans, like this pair, have feathers inserted into wooden hoops.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Southwest Alaska
Object Category: Ceremony
Object Type: Dance fans
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 120929.000