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Maker(s):Anonymous
Culture:Native American; Yup'ik
Title:Bag
Date Made:n.d.
Type:Container
Materials:salmon skin, sealskin, caribou beard and alder fiber
Place Made:Asia; Europe; Russia; Northeast Siberia; United States; Alaska; Southwestern/Southcentral Alaska, St. Lawrence Island
Measurements:length: 10 in.; 25.4 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1960.155
Credit Line:Gift of Charlotte Heussy McAllister, class of 1930
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Description:
This small salmon skin bag depicts a functional item owned by many, if not all, Yup'ik individuals. Made from smoked and dried salmon skins that were peeled of their scales and meat, such bags are extremely waterproof, pliable, soft, and durable. Salmon skin was stitched together with thread or sinew and often decorated or dyed with other materials. Some bags, such as this one, used multiple materials (seal skin, for instance) in addition to salmon skin. The bag would remain fastened by a draw string that would "tighten" the top of the pouch. AP2018

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bags

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