Alaska Native Collections – Sharing Knowledge

 
Related Media

Needle case

kanuyakuwik “ivory needle case”
Language: King Island Iñupiaq

A walrus ivory needle case tube representing four men, who sit with their elbows on their knees. The story or meaning expressed by this carving is unknown. Edward Nelson thought that it must already have been very old when he purchased it on King Island in 1879-80.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: King Island, Alaska
Object Category: Baskets, bags, boxes
Object Type: Needle case
Dimensions: Length 15cm
Accession Date: 1880
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E044137