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ikłiġvik “storage box”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

The spirit of the whale and the spirit of man are both intertwined in the traditional beliefs. It is expected that whales gave themselves to the whalers.

—Ron Brower, Sr., 2002

Whale-shaped boxes held extra stone blades for whaling harpoons. Whaling captains hid the boxes along with other charms and equipment in secret caches and caves, bringing them out each spring for the new whaling season.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Alaska
Object Category: Baskets, bags, boxes
Object Type: Box
Dimensions: Length 45cm
Accession Date: 1900
Source: George T. Emmons (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E204778