St. Lawrence Island Yupik Traditions: Sanightaaq (Ceremonial Gut Parka)

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In 2001, traditional scholars Branson Tungiyan and Estelle Oozevaseuk from St. Lawrence Island traveled to the Smithsonian Institution to share their knowledge about ancestral objects in the museum’s collections. These discussions contributed to the Living Our Cultures exhibition at the Arctic Studies Center, hosted by the Anchorage Museum. In 2007, St. Lawrence Island Yupik artist Elaine Kingeekuk provided additional information about objects selected for the exhibition and repaired a ceremonial gut parka in the traditional way, making it ready for exhibition. Join these Alaska Native experts to learn about the ceremonial gut parka now on display in Anchorage until 2017.
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