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Tobacco bag

iimgutaq “woman’s tobacco bag”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

[On] that reindeer suit they wear, there’s a little loop [indicates left side of chest]. I think there’s a string where they tie that [tobacco bag] to their [chest]. On the other side, a needle case.

—Estelle Oozevaseuk, 2001

A woman wore her tobacco bag on the outside of her one-piece reindeer skin suit, along with her needle case. The bag held a small personal supply of chewing tobacco, snuff, or smoking tobacco. As typical for Siberian Yupik and St. Lawrence Island Yupik tobacco bags this one is decorated with geometric cut-out designs made from strips and patches of bleached and dyed skin.

Culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Region: St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Object Category: Tobacco
Dimensions: Length 30cm
Accession Date: 1921
Source: Rev. Sheldon Jackson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E316649