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Slideshow: Alutiiq items in Russian museum offer eye-opening view of early Alaska

This head is carved inside the figure of a river otter, likely owned by a shaman.
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Hunting headgear in the image of a seal, from the book “The Alutiit/Sugpiat”
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A watercolor portrait from 1818 shows an Alutiiq chief wearing a Tlingit style blanket.
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Trade with Southeast influenced the style of hats in the Chugach region.
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An elegant ivory figure of a sea lion adorns the top of a ceremonial staff made from a narwhal tusk.
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology
This bowl, shaped like a merganser duck, has feet on the bottom.
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Craig Medred