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Model of a men's house

Iñupiaq model qasgiq (men’s house)
ca. 1900
Point Barrow, Alaska
Wood, ivory
37 x 30 x 18 cm
Collected by Frank Wood

This complex and beautifully constructed model depicts a dance scene in a qasgiq (or qasgi or qaygiq—communal men’s house). Traditionally used by men for eating, bathing, and sleeping, the qasgiq was also a place where all community members gathered for performances of masked dancers. This model shows a highly detailed tableau of spectators watching dancers perform one of a series of winter festivals that take place around the time of the winter solstice.

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