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suuguat “figures”
Language: Koniag Sugpiaq (Alaska Peninsula dialect)

These small ivory figures representing real and mythical animals were toys, or perhaps hunting charms. These include a bear with a seal’s hind flippers; a bear’s head with open mouth and copper-inlaid eyes and nostrils; a sea otter floating on its back; a seal; a beluga whale; and an insect-like creature with eight legs and a hooked bird beak.

Culture: Sugpiaq (Alutiiq)
Region: Alaska Peninsula
Village: Ugashik
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Longest 6cm
Accession Date: 1887
Source: William J. Fisher (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E127799