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Dance Fan

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Record 229/826
Copyright New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, NY
Object ID T0228
Object Name Dance Fan
Description Finger Mask; Central Yup'ik Eskimo Kuskokwim Dance Fan; Medium/Materials: Wood, Jaeger feathers, goose feathers, swan feathers, sinew, red, white and two shades of blue pigments; Marks: On reverse in black ink: "ESKIMO DANCIE JOA"; circular sticker in blue ballpoint ink: "AA/22"; loose tag in black felt tip "L.1993.54.10; fragment of circular tab;
Dimensions H-30 W-17 inches
Early Date 1875
Late Date 1900
Medium red, white and two shades of blue pigments
Place of Origin Yukon/Kuskokwim Regions, AK, USA
People Central Yup'ik Eskimo/
Provenance (1) George Terasaki. New York City.; (2) Eugene V. Thaw.;
History Scholarly Attributions: [1] Chuna McIntyre - October 1997 meeting - "The openwork and the use of feathers tend to be Kuskokwim -- Yukoners used to a lesser degree. Four directions represented. 'Ellangaq' means dance fan." [2] Chuna McIntyre - April 1998 meeting - Taruyamarun (s); Taruyamartek (d); Taruyamarutet (p); qaritaat; qarpak - fall festival [3] Chuna McIntyre - November 1998 - Feathers were glued in - will be snipped at hole and bored out. Blue around mouth acts as a dark background for the 'crescent-moon' mouth. Two tiered featherwork is known as a snowflake design. Display slightly tilted forwards."
Used Central Yup'ik Eskimo
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