St. Lawrence Island, Bering Sea, Alaska, United States, North America
16 Jul 1921
This object is on loan to the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, from 2010 through 2022. Bowl and mouthpiece not included on loan (not original to pipe?)
From card: "Engravings represent hunting scenes."
Source of the information below: Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska Native Collections: Sharing Knowledge website, by Aron Crowell, entry on this artifact https://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=337 , retrieved 7-31-2018; see web page for additional information: Pipe. "And here's all these different seals - ribbon seals, spotted seal and a bearded seal. A very good artist; he etched the various types of marine mammals that were hunted at Gambell on St. Lawrence Island. And over here are whaling scenes, a boat just about ready to strike a whale, another boat ready to harpoon a walrus." - Branson Tungiyan, 2001 Tobacco pipes carved from walrus tusks and engraved with village and hunting scenes were first made by Inupiaq artists of northwest Alaska, both for local use and as items for sale and trade. The style was adopted on St. Lawrence Island by the early 1900s. Other St. Lawrence Island pipes were made using melted lead that was poured into molds. This St. Lawrence Island Yupik pipe is engraved with scenes of seal, walrus and whale hunting, a sled dog team, reindeer, and other aspects of subsistence life.
Smoking pipe features a hunting scene with both single- and double-hatch kayaks engaged in whale hunting.