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i u a pi pu pa ti tu ta ki ku ka gi gu ga mi mu ma ni nu na si su sa li lu la ji ju ja vi vu va ri ru ra qi qu qa ngi ngu nga lhi lhu lha

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Peggy Ekagina



stone, fur

5.5" x 2.5" x 2" — 14 x 6.4 x 5.1 cm.

Knud Rasmussen, Intellectual culture of the Copper Eskimos, 1932, p. 15

For a similar piece, see Jean Blodgett, Selections from The John and Mary Robertson Collection of Inuit Sculpture, exh. cat., 1986, p. 49, pl. 28

For the act of dance amongst the Copper Inuit (Kitlinermiut), participants would adorn a separate parka, with wolverine or weasel tassels hung on the back. In addition, the dancers wear loon dance caps, as seen in this lot. The loon’s beak was placed on top of the cap, with a weasel skin suspended from the beak. As the dancer moved, the skin would sway, heightening the performance and the motion of the participant.

Estimate: $400—600

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2016-06-02 Waddington's 242 400 600 264.00

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