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Processional Staff
Processional Staff
Attrib. To:
Date:
1950–1960
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Wood, Feathers - Cormorant, Pigments - Red, Black, Fur - Seal, Skin -deer, Fiber -cotton
Dimensions:
66 3/4 x 33 1/2 x 5 13/16 in.
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
North America
Culture/People:
Eskimo, Yupik/Cupik
Accession Number:
2007.21.196
Acquisition Date:
2007-06-21
Credit Line:

Bequest of Thomas G. Fowler

Modern interpretation of a classic dance staff from Nunivak Island. Dance staffs are used in ceremonies to tell stories of the hunter. This one appears to depict a bird hunter and his dog team of nine. There are two crossbars containing the representations of nine dogs. Each dog is pegged to the crossbar with a wooden peg. Each dog has seven appendages attached to the body through the use of feathers. The appendages represent 4 paws, 2 ears and a tail. The lead dog is painted all black while the other eight are stained with white pigment. The hunter sits on the staff and is clothed in a hooded muslin parka, sealskin boots and is wearing gloves.

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