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There are certain things expected at the Museum of Natural History’s “Agayuliyararput (Our Way of Making Prayer): The Living Tradition of Yup’ik Masks” exhibit: that you’ll hear and see testimony (in this case 121 hand-carved masks’ worth) to the ingenuity and artistry of an isolated culture; that the curators, artisans in their own right (of visual subterfuge and hidden text), will have found a way to forward a certain political and social agenda; and that upon leaving, you may sense that your world has grown just a bit larger for the effort. If you were to see the “Films About Yup’ik Culture, Past and Present,” you could find about the same. At noon at the Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Anthony Keats)