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The Nunalleq Stick Dolls

November 23, 2017

Rick has been busy in the lab photographing artefacts before they are packed for their journey across the Atlantic.

This is a collection of simply made ‘stick dolls’ from the Nunalleq collection. They seem to be unique to Nunalleq, as they don’t appear in ethnographic or archaeological collections from the Yup’ik area,  unlike the more realistic human images and dolls shown in the previous post, which are widespread.

Most stick dolls were made by carving one or more faces onto flat pieces of worked wood. They used broken kayak ribs, slats from sled frames or fish trap parts. About half of the stick dolls have faces on both sides. Sometimes both faces are the same, others have a happy and a sad face on opposite sides or opposing ends. A few have four or even five different faces, each with a different expression.


Faces of Nunalleq

November 21, 2017

The Nunalleq collection is being returned to Quinhagak this spring, and this will be celebrated with a grand opening of the Nunalleq Culture and Archaeology Center on May 19th 2018. Be there if you can 🙂

Rick has made a draft-poster for the event, picturing (some of the) Nunalleq dolls.


Winter is coming

October 18, 2017

Mike sent us some pictures of the site this morning. It has survived the storms, but is, as you can see, quite water logged – and this morning entirely covered in ice. Snow has settled on the mountains in the horizon. Winter is coming

(Photo by Mike)

Weather over Nunalleq…

October 15, 2017

Once again Quinhagak and the site has been mentioned in connection to coastal storms on the Alaska Weather channel (14th October) – this time a clip from Alaska Public Media featured. This report was made two years ago during the 2015 excavation season. Things have happened since – the cultural centre is in place and the collection will return to Quinhagak in the spring (2018)! Meanwhile though, the site is still there, and still threatened by erosion… Here’s the report from yesterday, you find the Quinhagak/Nunalleq coverage c. 14.30 into the program.

Stormy research project in Fairbanks

October 14, 2017

A new research project studying the cause and effect of severe winter storms on the Alaska coastline is commencing at University Alaska Fairbanks. A very timely project from a Nunalleq perspective.

Nunalleq after the storm

October 12, 2017

Mike has been out taking som pictures of the beachfront at the site after the first storm. The sandbag barrier seems to have worked well, but took some beating. He found a few bags some 50 m from the site. The new storm is expected to reach its culmen tonight with 70 mph gusts and waves up to a meter above the high tide line. This puts them pretty much at the level of the beach front grass line, which means the site/coast could actually be in for a worse beating this time. Finger’s x’d the sandbags will hold.






(Pictures curtesy of Mike)

Another storm over Quinhagak

October 11, 2017

A new large storm is heading for Quinhagak. Looks like this is going to be a rough autumn for Bearing Sea communities…