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Bucket handle

ipu “handle for carrying water bucket”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

She leaves her home and carries this bucket of fresh water and gives the whale a drink of fresh water, so that it can move from the ocean to the land.

—Ron Brower, Sr., 2002

The wife of an umialik [boat captain] brought water to the whale and sang a greeting song, welcoming it to the community. This is the handle for a bucket used in the ceremony.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Sledge Island, Alaska
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length 30cm
Accession Date: 1880
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E044690