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umchuusix^ “siphon”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

Water that leaked into a kayak through holes and seams could be sucked up with this bailing tube. Even bad leaks could be repaired at sea, using inflated sea lion stomachs to keep the boat afloat.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Boats
Dimensions: Length 69cm
Accession Date: 1947
Source: Trans.Div.Engineering
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E160330B