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Headdress

niaquun “headband”
Language: Malimiut Iñupiaq

When they were doing the whale celebration, some of the men would wear these. When we’re doing the Messenger Feast dance this is also worn. And then there’s another dance that goes with it, the Loon Dance.

—Ronald Brower, Sr. 2002

This man’s dance headdress is made from the head, neck, and back of a loon. It is worn like a headband with the beak projecting from the dancer’s forehead and parts of the skin dangling down over his neck and shoulders. A specific atuutaat (dance song) is performed with the Loon Dance.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Kotzebue Sound, Alaska
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length 53cm
Accession Date: 1882
Source: Edward W. Nelson (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E049079