Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Bilinda Straight

Second Advisor

Dr. Vincent Lyon-Callo

Third Advisor

Dr. José António Brandão

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

“Only his artifacts provide his earthly testimony” (Thiry 1977, p. 5). The purpose of the research is to catalogue Eskimo and Aleut artifacts that comprise an unprovenienced (anonymous) collection in the Anthropology Department at Western Michigan University, and provide a corresponding ethnography. This will be accomplished in two ways: (1) a museum curation project, and (2) an ethnographic study that will focus on cultural synthesis within the parameters of artistic styles of harpoon head artifacts and geography as these pertain to the artifacts and their distribution. Analysis of the collection’s harpoon heads will provide both artistic and inventive evidence of a prehistoric Eskaleut correlation of Northern Maritime tradition (Eskimo) and Aleut cultures. All artifacts will henceforth be identified as the Rhythm of the Sea Collection.

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