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I've seen exhibition showing the Yupik culture in National Museum of the American Indian. The Yupic (Yup'ik in the Central Alaskan language) are indigenous or aboriginal peoples who live in Alaska and the Russian Far East (Siberian Yupik). They are Eskimo and are related to the Inuit.
I've seen schemes of their traditional homes. The men's home is called the Quasgiq (open my next pictures) with a centrally located fireplace below the ground level and with additional underground winter passageway which helped them to survive winter. It was the community center for ceremonies and festivals which included singing, dancing, and storytelling. Quasgiq was used mainly in winter months as other time people used to travel in family groups following food sources (seals and salmons mainly). I wonder whether they build quasgiq-like houses in Alaska nowadays.
I've seen Yupik original fur clothing as well.
Address: Fourth St. & Independence Ave., S.W. Washington DC
Directions: Metro station: Federal Center SW. On southern part of the eastern end of the National Mall, between the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. Map here
Phone: +1 (202) 633 1000
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