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qawawaaghet “carved ivory human figurines”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

We always had a good time with those. These belong to girls, not boys.

—Estelle Oozevaseuk, 2001

Girls dressed their wooden dolls and made houses for them. Estelle Oozevaseuk remembers tiny seal oil lamps that she made out of bottle caps for the dolls to use. Two of the figures are women, with pointed heads that show the hoods of their parkas.

Culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Region: St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Object Category: Toys, games
Dimensions: Height 15cm
Accession Date: 1913
Source: Riley D. Moore (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E280179