Giinaquq Like a Face

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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 firrst 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.

Alutiiq Mask On Line Exhibit

Download an Alutiiq Mask Handout

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  • 5
    A gift of a life time

    Posted by Carolyn Ames on Jun 18th 2020

    I ordered this book after my son showed interest in "igaruacirpet Our Way of Making Designs". He has always been interested in masks and is more interested now than ever about his ancestry. When I received the book I was thrilled! It is of the highest quality and signed by the authors! This book will be passed down for generations. I am so proud! Thank you!