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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


Culture:Native American; Yup'ik
Date Made:n.d.
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

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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