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Collector:
Edward W. Nelson  Search this
Donor Name:
Edward W. Nelson  Search this
Length - Object:
29.5 cm
Culture:
Athabaskan (Athabascan) (?)  Search this
Eskimo, Yup'ik (?)  Search this
Ingalik (Deg Hit'an) (?)  Search this
Object Type:
Bag
Place:
Big Lake, Yukon & Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
1879
Notes:
Big Lake is on the Yup'ik / Deg Hit'an / Dena'ina border. So it may be either Athabascan or Yup’ik. This style of bag appears in Osgood to confirm that it may be Deg Hit'an.
Source of the information below: Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska Native Collections: Sharing Knowledge website, by Aron Crowell, entry on this artifact http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=548, retrieved 8-26-2012: Bag, Deg Xinag/Deg Hit'an Athabascan. Salmon skins can be scraped, tanned, and sewn together to make waterproof boots, mittens, and bags. Fishskin bags in various sizes were traditionally used to store clothing and foods such as fish eggs and salmon oil. On this Deg Hit'an bag, the scaly sides of the skins face outward except for several strips that are turned inward and painted brown. These colored sections are ornamented with caribou hair stitching and tufts of hair.
This object is on loan to the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, from 2010 through 2022.
Record Last Modified:
25 Jul 2018
Specimen Count:
1
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
008133
USNM Number:
E36181-0
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Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8408810