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Spoon

luuskaaq “spoon”
Language: Koniag Sugpiaq (Kodiak Island dialect)

They use wooden spoons, which are decorated; or they are fashioned from the horns of wild sheep, which they acquire from Chugatsk Bay [Prince William Sound] or Kenai Bay [Cook Inlet].

—Gavriil Davydov, from “Two Voyages to Russian America, 1802-1807”

This spoon was cut and molded from the heat-softened horn of a wild mountain goat. The carved handle depicts two animals with large ears, the lower one with white beads for eyes. The spoon came from Kodiak Island where mountain goats are absent, but horns of the animals were acquired in trade from villages in Prince William Sound and along the Kenai Peninsula.

Culture: Sugpiaq (Alutiiq)
Region: Kodiak Island, Alaska
Village: Eagle Harbor
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Height 15cm
Accession Date: 1884
Source: William J. Fisher (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E090429