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gokidd
12-29-2011, 04:44 AM
From some of the evidence, it looks like the instrument was designed to be used in joyful ceremonies.
LINK HERE (http://iriguchiukuleles.com/2011/12/28/ancient-ukulele-found-near-the-matanuska-river-in-alaska/)

rem50
12-29-2011, 05:02 AM
What a find! Where do you think I could find one like that?

gokidd
12-29-2011, 05:11 AM
What a find! Where do you think I could find one like that?

This one was seen in a riverbank cut.
But I have done some further research and it is said that the hills are alive with the sound of music.

PhilUSAFRet
12-29-2011, 06:39 AM
Hah! Made me look!

AKuker
12-29-2011, 11:58 AM
Fantastic! I live near by. I'll spend the weekend searching the banks for any others!

Teek
12-29-2011, 11:16 PM
Marvelous! Looks like it was owned by a Raven clan member, probably a shaman who used it in healing ceremonies. I'm surprised there seems to be no yellow cedar used in the building of it but the pineapple-ish shape makes me think it is newer, maybe closer to only 100 years old. There must have been a Pacific Islander who was lost at sea in a storm, and washed up in his battered outrigger on the shores of BC way back, who brought the sacred knowledge to the Northwest Coast Indian artisan (it sure looks Haida to me) who created this beauty. How it got to Alaska I can't figure, the formline art there is more variable, but it was probably traded for copper. The pickup is a little fishy though. Maybe someone found this fine instrument previously and recently, and altered it; then realizing it was sacred and they might arouse the wrath of Dznokwa, put it back. That would explain it being completely exposed on the bank and not still partially buried.

gokidd
12-30-2011, 04:05 AM
There must have been a Pacific Islander who was lost at sea in a storm, and washed up in his battered outrigger on the shores of BC way back, who brought the sacred knowledge to the Northwest Coast Indian artisan (it sure looks Haida to me) who created this beauty.

You nailed it, Teek.
Sometimes the obvious answer is the best.

wolfybau
12-30-2011, 09:53 AM
lol thats great love the artwork

this makes perfect sence. not too long ago I read an article that scientist found a link between early hawaiians and a particular eskimo tribe , theory that they actualy traveled from alaska south to the islands, not north from the south pacific.

unless it is an instrument from a later era brought by captain cook ;)

http://www.akhistorycourse.org/articles/article.php?artID=234

myrnaukelele
12-30-2011, 04:04 PM
Fantastic! I live near by. I'll spend the weekend searching the banks for any others!
Better put on your snowshoes lol! And bundle up. It's below zero here and there's two foot of snow on the trail.

Big_e
12-30-2011, 06:46 PM
Hee-hee! Love the artwork.