The Alutiit/Sugpiat: A Catalog of the Collections of the Kunstkamera (Hardback)
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The Alutiit/Sugpiat: A Catalog of the Collections of the Kunstkamera (Hardback)

(editor), (translator), (translator)
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Hardback 440 Pages / Published: 16/10/2012
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This beautifully photographed book catalogs the collection of nearly five hundred Alutiiq cultural items held by the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, or the Kunstkamera, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Gathered between 1780 and 1867, many of the artifacts are composed of fur, feathers, gut, hair, and other delicate materials, which prevent their transport for display or study. To document these artifacts for the public, the Kunstkamera collaborated with the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska. Together, anthropologists and members of the Alutiiq community combined the collection records with cultural knowledge and high-resolution digital imagery and worked to name objects, describe their uses, and detail the materials used in their construction. As a result, this book will provide the Alutiit, Alaskans, Russians, and the global community with lasting access to one of the oldest, most extensive ethnographic collections from the central Gulf of Alaska.

Publisher: University of Alaska Press
ISBN: 9781602231771
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 2631 g
Dimensions: 292 x 241 x 36 mm


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"Offers readers a microhistory of a nationally recognized ethnographic museum, insights into historic Russian actions in Sugpiaq country, and striking visual documentation of Sugpiaq material culture. Aesthetically speaking, this catalog ranks among the most beautiful Alaska Native art history catalogs ever published."
--Zachary R. Jones "Alaska Journal of Anthropology "
"[T]he University of Alaska Press has released a catalog of the richest of troves - the Alutiiq collections of the Kunstkamera in St. Petersburg, Russia. . . .Each artifact in the catalog is pictured on a white background in images clear enough to allow crafters to see how a hat is woven or a kayak constructed. Most images are accompanied by translated source documents that explain what the artifact was used for. . . .To an outside observer, this might seem just like a history lesson. To the Kodiak Alutiiq, it's an instruction manual."
--James Brooks "Kodiak Daily Mirror ""
Offers readers a microhistory of a nationally recognized ethnographic museum, insights into historic Russian actions in Sugpiaq country, and striking visual documentation of Sugpiaq material culture. Aesthetically speaking, this catalog ranks among the most beautiful Alaska Native art history catalogs ever published.
--Zachary R. Jones "Alaska Journal of Anthropology ""

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