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Giinaquq Like a Face

Suqpiaq Masks of the Kodiak Archipelago

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 full-color images of these fantastic and eye-catching masks, which have been preserved for more than a century as part of the Pinart Collection in a small French museum.

            These masks, collected in 1871 by a young French scholar of indigenous cultures, are presented for the first 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 three languages—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.

200 pages | 240 color plates | 9 x 10 | © 2009

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Table of Contents

by Doug Inga
by Will Anderson
by Frédéric Cuvillier & Claude Allan
Quyanaa - We Thank You
Chapter One
Giinaquq-Like a Face
by Sven D. Haakanson Jr. and Amy F. Steffian
Chapter Two
The Atypical History of Collector Alphonse Pinart (1852-1911) and the Sugpiaq Masks of Boulogne-sur-Mer in France
by Anne-Claire Laronde
Chapter Three
Historical Ethnography of Nineteenth-Century Kodiak Villages
by Gordon L. Pullar
Chapter Four
Sugpiaq Masks from the Kodiak Archipelago
by Sven D. Haakanson Jr. and Amy F. Steffian
Chapter Five
From the Artist’s Point of View
by Perry Eaton
Mask Songs
Translated and transcribed by Jeff Leer and Sven D. Haakanson Jr. with assistance from Sugpiaq Elders Nick Alokli, Mary Haakanson, and Florence Pestrikoff
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