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Hunting bag

arr’inaq “sealskin hunting bag”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Akluteng taugaam aturateng qemagglui pilallrukait mecungyugngalriit. Augkuneng-llu wangkuta malingqerturatullruukut canegnek tua waten qemaggvimteni cimiritkamtenek. (They stored their clothing, anything that would get wet in these. We would bring our extra change of clothes and grass inside these storage bags.)

—John Phillip, Sr., 2002

Men carried extra clothing and dry grass—an essential survival tool—inside their sealskin hunting bags. Anyone who fell through the ice could keep from freezing by stuffing grass inside his clothing. The bag is made from the whole skin of a two-year-old spotted seal (issuriyaagaq).

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Kuskokwim River, Alaska
Object Category: Baskets, bags, boxes
Dimensions: Length 88cm
Accession Date: 1919
Source: A. H. Twitchell (collector)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 093487.000