Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A book About Yupik Dancing.

Fienup-Riordan, A,,
Retrieved on November, 16, 2007

Elders from all over southwestern Alaska tell stories of the origination and and function of Native dancing masks. The book explains the use of masks, life in the qasgiq, (a place where the men of the village meet) the story of the suppression and the coming back of masked dancing, mask making, yup'ik dance and songs. There are many stories representing the Yukon, Kuskokwim, and costal areas. The topics of the stories and the masks that were made to tell the stories, along with the beliefs of the natives telling the stories are a great part of the book.

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