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"Auk" is actually the name of a large family of seabird species, including puffins, auklets, murres, murrelets, and dovekies (also known as little auks.) All of these different types of auks can be found in Alaska, and there are many species native to other parts of the Northwest Coast, Arctic, and the Maritimes. Puffins and other auks are most culturally important to the Inuit and the Native American tribes of coastal Alaska, where they are sometimes said to have power over storms and weather. Puffins and murres are especially important to the traditional religion of the Unangan (Aleut) tribe. Puffin skins, crests, and beaks were all used to make Aleut regalia.
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