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Toss Up has at its base a lovely design from textile artist Letitia Hutchings who works on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, along the Kenai River.  It celebrates the spring whaling festival known as Nalukataq.  The high point of the festival is the blanket toss:  Men and women of the community circle a large seal skin blanket, pulling it taut like a trampoline to throw the blanket dancer into the air.  Traditionally, the first people to be thrown are the whaling captains and their wives - who toss candy to the children gathered around.  Toss Up's own candy-colored blanket dancers are traced in embroidered lines of pearl cotton.





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