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mingqaq “coiled grass basket”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Mingqiituunga uutun waten acegtutaaralrianeng makuneng teggulekcuaralegneng, mingqaat waten ayuqut. (I have made coiled grass baskets that are this high and the grass inside is this small, coiled grass baskets like this one.)

—Neva Rivers, 2002

Lidded baskets made from stitched-together coils of beach rye grass are a Siberian and Iñupiaq style that was adopted by Yup’ik basket makers more than a century ago. Many contemporary artists produce them for sale. Elder Neva Rivers remembers that in the past people used baskets to store healing charms and necklaces given to them by shamans.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Southwest Alaska
Object Category: Baskets, bags, boxes
Dimensions: Length 24cm
Accession Date: 1927
Source: F. W. Skiff (collector)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 156353.000