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Boasting more than 140 new museum holdings, the Anchorage Museum has opened its "Recent Acquisitions" exhibit, which will be on view through Feb. 10. "Recent Acquisitions" presents a collection of paintings, ethnographic objects, photographs, sculptures and historical objects.
Thanks to a donation from the family of the late state soil conservationist Weymeth Long and his wife Vivian, Anchorage is highlighting 16 new skin masks made by the Nunamiut people of Anaktuvuk Pass who cast wet caribou skins on wooden molds and used raw caribou liver to stain the skin. Traditionally, these masks represent human faces and were used during a Christmas story-telling ritual where the storyteller wears the mask while acting out a story that inspires laughter. Whoever laughed first was the next person to put on the mask and tell a humorous story.
Other highlights include the Jones-Breu Collection, a collection of artifacts teacher Etta Jones took with her to a prisoner-of-war camp in Japan after the Japanese invaded Attu Island in 1942. Among these items are an Inupiaq harpoon measured to fit the artist's body and a Japanese sword and rifle obtained by the donator during World War II.