Yup'ik Dancer Belt View 2
Ten dancing Yup'ik figures with ten Yup'ik masks link the figures together. This belt was inspired by the exhibition and book "The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks-Agayuliyararput: Our way of making prayer." The exhibition highlighted Yup'ik masks, garments, and dance regalia. In depicting the dancer, the Wallaces are making a statement about the strength of Native cultures as well as the responsibility of each generation "to reach out, tell our stories and carry on our culture," says Denise. "The dancers are a very important part of carrying on native traditions...through dance, the past is brought forward and the dance or song will be passed onto each generation." This is the last belt the Wallaces created.
excerpt from "Arctic Transformations, The Jewelry of Denise and Samuel Wallace by Lois Sherr Dubin