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Tobacco bag

qantaqusiq “man’s tobacco bag”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

Men tucked this kind of drawstring tobacco bag into their belts. The fur is ringed seal, with rings or “eyes” that can be seen along the top of the bag. The light colored pieces that make up the design are seal hide that was hung outside in winter to freeze and whiten.

Culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Region: St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Object Category: Baskets, bags, boxes
Object Type: Bag
Dimensions: Length 20cm
Accession Date: 1921
Source: Rev. Sheldon Jackson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E316663