Yuungnaqpiallerput - The Way We Genuinely Live - Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival

MenuScheduleBooksThank YouLendersSponsorsPress Release
Calista Elders Council
570 3rd Ave # 219
Bethel, AK 99559
(907) 543-1541


Visit the Anchorage Museum!!
121 West Seventh Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907)343-4326

anchoragemuseum.org

 

Requesting AbundanceMasked Drummers

Alfred Milotte, Alaska State Museum

Pair of masked dancers performing at Hooper Bay in 1946.


The final winter ceremony--Agayuyaraq (way of requesting or praying for abundance)--involved singing songs of supplication to the animals' yuit (their persons), accompanied by masked dances performed under the shaman's direction. Men created ritually powerful masks through which the animals' yuit and shamans' spirit helpers revealed themselves as simultaneously dangerous and helpful. Used in enactments of past spiritual encounters, the masks had the power to evoke such encounters in the future.



Kegginaquq Mask

 

Mask

Mask collected from Qissunaq in 1905 by Tununak trader I. A. Lee. Toggle harpoon points are appended to the lower face, over which two seal figures arch, topped by hunters in kayaks.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University 66314


  Kegginaquq Mask

Mask collected from Qissunaq. The large knobs may represent seal breathing holes, as a walrus and a seal emerge from them. The grass figure on top wears a European style hat.

Mask
I. A. Lee, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University 66315


Kegginaquq Mask

 

Mask

Kegginaquq/Mask said to represent a tuunraq, a shaman's helping spirit, used in dances to request future abundance, symbolized by the carved creatures on the mask's forehead.

 

E. W. Nelson, 1878, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution 33118


  Kegginaquk Pair of Masks

Kegginaquk/Pair of masks from Pastuliq, each embodying the unique verse of a dance song.

Pair of Masks
Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley 2 6442, 2-6478


Next

 

 

 


Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved.
No Replication of Images or Design without Express Written Permission.

Website Questions?
Tundra Web Designs
John Wallace