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dc.contributor.authorKlistoff, Alysa J.
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-07T23:29:13Z
dc.date.available2018-06-07T23:29:13Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/8567
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2007
dc.description.abstractThe Eskimo yo-yo is a popular tourist art found in gift shops across Alaska. It is made in a variety of shapes, ranging from seals and dolls, to mukluks and simple balls. Many are plainly decorated; others display elaborate decorations, fine beadwork, and intricate details. Some shops carry only Native-made pieces, while others carry imitation pieces made in China. Though a true history of the Eskimo yo-yo remains "shrouded in mystery" (Ray 1977), Eskimos maintain that this game originated as an important and widely used hunting tool made simply with sinew and bones---the bola. The gun has replaced the bola as a hunting tool, yet, the skills required to use a bola (dexterity, speed, aim, coordination, strength and stamina) remain important in areas where people subsist off the land; as such, the Eskimo yo-yo remains an important link to the past and speaks to a subsistence lifestyle. Natives and tourists alike recognize it as a marker of cultural heritage. This thesis details the enigmatic history of the relationship between the Eskimo yo-yo and the arctic bola and explores the influences each has as markers of indigenous identity in Alaska.
dc.subjectCultural anthropology
dc.subjectArt history
dc.subjectFolklore
dc.subjectNative American studies
dc.titleWeapon, Toy, Or Art? The Eskimo Yo-Yo As A Commodified Artic Bola And Marker Of Cultural Identity
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.degreema
dc.identifier.departmentDepartment of Anthropology
dc.contributor.chairLee, Molly
dc.contributor.committeeOdess, Dan
dc.contributor.committeeGray, Patty
refterms.dateFOA2020-03-05T15:48:18Z


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