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Oil lamp

hixtax^ “stone lamp”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

Stone lamps filled with seal or whale oil provided heat and light inside traditional Unangan houses. A woman who was cold could place a burning lamp between her feet and let the heat rise up inside her parka. Men carried small warming lamps for the same purpose when traveling and hunting.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Housewares
Dimensions: Length 26.5cm
Accession Date: 1912
Source: Mrs. E. Harriman (donor), John G. Brady (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E274101