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all’ugaq “hat”
Language: Koniag Sugpiaq (Alaska Peninsula dialect)

A girl was out hunting seagull eggs, and she fell off the bluff and was all smashed up. They brought her home; she was just screaming and crying. The shaman…boiled some roots and let her drink the water. She calmed right down, and she was even laughing while they were straightening her out so she could heal.

—Sven Haakanson, Sr., 1997

Shamans were masters of healing and natural medicines. This tall hat belonged to an Alaska Peninsula shaman, whose outfit also included a bird rattle, charm belt with grizzly bear claws, a spirit whistle, and bracelets made from river otter snouts. The hat is skin, painted black and stitched with caribou hair and colored thread. The side panels are caribou, and the bottom trim is sealskin with a white patch of caribou.

Culture: Sugpiaq (Alutiiq)
Region: Alaska Peninsula
Village: Ugashik
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Height 25cm
Accession Date: 1887
Source: William J. Fisher (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E127804