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Donor Name:
U.S. Department Of Interior  Search this
Length - Object:
44 cm
Eskimo, Yupik, St. Lawrence Island  Search this
Object Type:
St. Lawrence Island, Bering Sea, Alaska, United States, North America
Accession Date:
27 Jan 1910
In 2008, this doll was cleaned as part of Conservation treatment. During cleaning, a fragment of a St. Louis Daily Globe newspaper dated February 23, 1896 was found inside one boot. Doll is St. Lawrence Island Yupik. It is wooden, and X-radiography done by Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute during treatment reveals hinged joints. Doll is dressed in skin parka and boots.
This object is on loan to the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, from 2010 through 2022.
Source of the information below: Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska Native Collections: Sharing Knowledge website, by Aron Crowell, entry on this artifact , retrieved 7-17-2018: Doll. "This embroidered work is called takaghaghquq. This is one of the ways a man’s formal boot would be made. These soles are old; nateghqaq we call them. Somebody, a little girl, let this little doll walk and walk. He's like a real person, and he wore out the soles. The body is made out of driftwood and the head is bark." Elaine Kingeekuk, 2007 This girl's play doll has a hooded parka, pants, and boots, all sewn from shaved seal skin. The oversized boots are embellished at the top with red thread to represent the takaghaghquq designs (patchworks of red and white skin strips) that were applied to Yupik footwear. Elaine Kingeekuk explained that the doll's boots needed to be extra large in order to show details of these designs, which signify age, gender, and clan. The interior wooden armature of this toy was jointed to allow a child to make it walk and to bend at the waist and arms.
Record Last Modified:
29 Jul 2018
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NMNH - Anthropology Dept.