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Bowl

vido nigidhi’oy “wooden food bowl”
Language: Deg Xinag

Also called:
tritr tth’og “wooden bowl”
Language: Deg Xinag

There was no paint long ago. They used berries – blackberries like that, maybe that was something they used right there [designs painted inside the bowl].

—Phillip Arrow, 2004

This Deg Hit’an food bowl from the lower Yukon River region consists of two pieces of spruce wood – a solid bottom carved from a big root and a wrap-around rim made by shaving, heating, and bending a straight-grained piece of tree trunk. The bowl is colored red with mineral ocher and has a black linear pattern painted around the inside. Large bowls like this were used to serve meat, soups and stews. They were traded to Yup’ik people on the coast for seal oil, seal skins and tobacco.

Culture: Athabascan
Region: Yukon River (lower), Alaska
Village: Anvik
Object Category: Housewares
Dimensions: Length 30cm
Accession Date: 1880
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E045496