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Artefact(s) of the day 8/8

August 9, 2013

Once again the votes fell evenly between candidates – so we have two artefacts of the day for the second day in a row. Transfiguration dollNet gaugeThe first artefact of the day is a transfiguration doll. It was found by Colleen in the old 2012 squares. In Yup’ik beliefs the division between human and animal was indistinct, and spirits can travel between beings. This doll is in the process of shape shifting; his face has both human and animal features, and at the back of his head he has animal ears. It might be a shaman transfiguring into an animal. The second artefact of the day is a net gauge carved out of baleen, found by Carly in area B. It is a tool used for making fishnets, to measure the size of the mesh. Thus it also shows the size of the nets used, and can give us a hint of what kind of fish it was meant for. The gauge is the first one we find at Nunalleq, where we despite the village’s very strategic location by the river mouth, surprisingly enough have very little evidence of fishing.

Colleen & Carly with their finds

Colleen & Carly with their finds

Charlotta

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