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Hunting hat

elqiaq “visor; conical wooden hat”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Also called:
ciayaq “bentwood hat decorated with feathers”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Makucit pissurcuutekait makut imarpigmi qayanun. Una-ni wani cikut waten ayuqngata ayuqelingnaqluki. (These are all used for hunting in the ocean on the kayak. Since the ice looks the way it does, they tried to make them look like ice.)

—John Phillip, Sr., 2002

A wooden hunting hat—shaped like a pointed piece of ice—helped to conceal the seal hunter as he floated in a white kayak among the broken spring floes. Ivory carvings on this hat represent a seal and several long, sucker-like fish.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Southwest Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Hat
Accession Date: 1947
Source: Capt. Joseph W. Collins (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E160341