8.5 x 10.5, 272 pages, full color, maps, notes, index
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Masks are an ancient tradition of the Alutiiq people
on the southern coast of Alaska. Alutiiq artists
carved the masks from wood or bark into images of
ancestors, animal spirits, and other mythological forces;
these extraordinary creations have been an essential tool
for communicating with the spirit world and have played
an important role in dances and hunting festivities for
centuries. Giinaquq-Like a Face presents thirty-three fullcolor
images of these fantastic and eye-catching masks,
which have been preserved for more than a century as
part of the Pinart Collection at the Chateau-Musee de
Boulogne-sur-Mer in France.
These masks, collected in 1871 by a young French
scholar of indigenous cultures, are presented for the rst
time in their complete cultural context, celebrating the rich
history of the Alutiiq people and their artistic traditions.
In addition to the stunning photographs, Giinaquq- Like
a Face includes an informative text in English, Alutiiq, and
French, in order to provide a cross-cultural understanding
of the masks traditional meaning and use.
This captivating and revealing book will be an essential
resource for anyone interested in indigenous art and culture.