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qaghpa “crown-like head piece, ceremonial headdress”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

Also called:

The women always wore this when their husbands had killed a whale, when they took that ceremonial pail down to the beach filled with water.

—Estelle Oozevaseuk, 2001

When a successful whaling boat returned to camp, the captain’s wife brought water to the crew. The harpooner pretended to strike her with his weapon, throwing it between her feet instead. For whaling rituals and celebrations she wore a reindeer hair headdress and snow-white intestine parka.

Culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Region: St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Headdress
Dimensions: Length 61cm
Accession Date: 1913
Source: Dr. Riley D. Moore (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E280148