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uivqurraq “circular cap”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Wangkuta tua uivqerranek pilallerput waten ayuqellruut. Wiinga-ll’ pingqellruunga imumi. (The ones we called uivqurraq looked like this. I had one long ago.)

—John Phillip, Sr., 2002

Each Yup’ik region has distinctive traditional designs for its clothing. This Kuskokwim River boy’s cap is made from the white-spotted skins of arctic ground squirrels, with a weasel (ermine) “tail.” It is ornamented with white beads, strands of red yarn, and red-dyed tassels of squirrel skin.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Bristol Bay, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Length 22cm
Accession Date: 1882
Source: Charles L. McKay (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E056063-0