Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorDesson, Dominique
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-08T18:15:52Z
dc.date.available2018-08-08T18:15:52Z
dc.date.issued1995
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/9420
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1995
dc.description.abstractThe traditional culture of the Alutiiq speakers of the Kodiak Archipelago is not well known, and information on their spiritual and ritual life has been lacking. In this thesis I use ethnographic, ethnohistoric, and iconographic materials to investigate the Koniag traditional world view and belief system and some aspects of the Koniag ritual system. Specifically, I analyze the individual, private masked rituals associated with whaling and the public masked rituals performed during the winter festivals. In the second part, I examine a large sample of surviving Alutiiq masks in order to determine aesthetic canons evident in the work of 19th and 20th century Koniag carvers. Visual preferences in mask making in terms of construction, volumes, shapes, colors, and designs are defined and differences in those preferences between the three Alutiiq speakers' groups of the Kodiak Archipelago, Prince William Sound, and the Alaska Peninsula are discussed.
dc.subjectCultural anthropology
dc.subjectFolklore
dc.subjectReligion
dc.subjectDance
dc.subjectMusic
dc.titleMasked rituals of the Kodiak Archipelago
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.degreephd
dc.contributor.chairBlack, Lydia T.
dc.contributor.committeePierce, Richard A.
dc.contributor.committeeSchweitzer, Peter P.
dc.contributor.committeeMorrow, Phyllis
dc.contributor.committeeLeer, Jeff


Files in this item

Thumbnail
Name:
Desson_D_1995.pdf
Size:
10.32Mb
Format:
PDF

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record