Aksinia Prokopieva, Unangan Woman

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photo of actual bird skin tunic with a strip of Aksinia’s laying over it
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Unangan basket by Lois Thadei

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Anisia and Aksinia Prokopieva photographs taken by Dima Brodskaya Jochelson on Attu Island Alaska, 1909
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Aksinia a young Unangan woman in 1909 photographed on Attu Island in the Aleutian chain
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Aksinia a young Unangan woman in the early 1900s photographed on the Aleutian chain

Doll: Material: Figure: Alaska paper birch hands & lower arms; head, hair and neck; lower legs and feet all inserted into a full articulating stuffed sculptured fabric body with wire and button joints. Clothing:  Reversed “bird skin” tunic of pig suede with acrylic fabric painting and decorative stitching on exterior, “sea otter” trim and decorative pieces of sheared, plucked beaver. Size: 14″ tall

Person: Anisia Prokopovia was photographed on the Aleutian Chain, Attu Island by Dima Brodskaya Jochelson along with her sister Anisia and a number of other members of her community.

Subject Photographer: The source photograph was taken in 1909 by medical Doctor Dima Brodskaya Jochelson. Brodskaya partnered her husband, Russian ethnologist Waldemar Jochelson on his exploration of the Unangan peoples of Alaska.

Doll Photographer: The doll photograph was taken by Lloyd Wilson.

Anisia Prokopieva, Unangan Woman

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Anisia Prokopieva in sea otter tunic and Unangan boots with gathering basket (by Lois Thadei)

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Anisia with her sister Aksinia
Aksinia with her sister Anisia, both with baskets by Lois Thadei

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Doll: Material: Figure: Alaska paper birch hands & lower arms; head, hair and neck; lower legs and feet all inserted into a full articulating stuffed sculptured fabric body with wire and button joints. Clothing:  “Sea otter” tunic of sheared, plucked beaver with tufts of ermine and trim of intact beaver. Boots of pig leather and buckskin. Size: 14″ tall

Person: Anisia Prokopieva was photographed on the Aleutian Chain, Attu Island by Dima Brodskaya Jochelson along with her sister Aksinia and a number of other members of her community.

Subject Photographer: The source photograph was taken in 1909 by medical Doctor Dima Brodskaya Jochelson. Brodskaya partnered her husband, Russian ethnologist Waldemar Jochelson on his exploration of the Unangan peoples of Alaska.

Doll Photographer: The source photograph was taken by Lloyd Wilson.

 

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Mikhail Snegirev, Unangan Man in Baidarka

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Baidarkas by Doug Vaubel, right
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Doug Vaubel, Unangan Badairka Artist

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Doll: Material: Figure: Alaska paper birch hands & lower arms; head, hair and neck; lower legs and feet all inserted into a full articulating stuffed sculptured fabric body with wire and button joints. Clothing:  Gut kamleika water wear over knit sweater and striped cotton pants, black pigskin boots. Painted bentwood visor with “sea lion” whiskers approximated by river otter whiskers. Baidarka: Doug Vaubel Size: 14″ tall

Person: Mikhail Snegirev was photographed on the Aleutian Chain, Attu Island by Dima Brodskaya Jochelson along with a number of other members of his community.

Subject Photographer: The source photograph was taken in 1909 by medical Doctor Dima Brodskaya Jochelson. Brodskaya partnered her husband, Russian ethnologist Waldemar Jochelson on his exploration of the Unangan peoples of Alaska.

Doll Photographer: The doll photographs were was taken by either Marilyn Holmes or the artist.