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Grass bag

aygag^asix^ “grass basket, grass bag, carrying basket”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

This large woven carrying bag has open mesh on its bottom, to allow for drainage. It was probably for harvesting sea urchins, mussels, sea weed, and other foods along the ocean shore.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Baskets, bags, boxes
Object Type: Basket
Dimensions: Length 35cm
Accession Date: 1874
Source: W. H. Dall (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E014976