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Usually about an inch tall, the ﬁgurines were generally represented in a seated position with their hands resting on their knees (Fig. 26). 27 Acting as guardians of the weapons, these ﬁgurines also helped the hunter to aim accurately (Black 1991). Such ﬁgurines were considered idealized portraits of the wearer of the hat, and were thought to assist the Figure 26. Aleut Visor Aleut leaders wore visors for hunting and ceremonial occasions. The ﬁgurines adorning the hats depicted an idealized view of the hunter to please his prey.
36). Central Yup’ik A relatively limited number of women in southwestern Alaska make coiled grass dolls, a spinoff of the coiled grass basketry practiced widely throughout the YukonKuskokwim Delta. Viva Wesley Smith from Mekoryuk is one of these doll makers. One Central Yup’ik village where modern doll making innovations developed is the village of Eek. Two styles are associated with Eek: the oval-faced dolls with wooden heads, probably originating with Stella Cleveland in the 1940s (Fair 1982:47; Jones 1982:15);35 and the leather or skin-faced dolls, sometimes referred to as “old people dolls,” which originated in the 1970s with Eek resident Grace White.
According to Parman (1979) play is a controlled deviation from normalcy, and its contrast serves to strengthen the rules of everyday life. This is illustrated in the Alaskan case. Among the Yup’ik Eskimos, doll play was permitted all year long, but only allowed outside in summer after the return of the geese. If a girl ignored this prohibition, the snow would not melt, the animals would not return, and the village would be unable to participate in summer subsistence activities. Such conventions taught Alaska Native children the necessity of observing rituals of the annual cycle.
An Introduction to: Velocity Model Building by Ian F. Jones