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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.