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aangqaq “ball”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

This kind of ball has what they call sun figures, which came from Siberia.

—Estelle Oozevaseuk, 2001

The circular decorations on this kickball, applied in polar bear fur, represent the sun. The design comes from Yupik clans living on the Siberian coast. Estelle Oozevaseuk suggests that the sun design might be connected with spring whaling ceremonies.

Culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Region: St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Village: Gambell
Object Category: Toys, games
Dimensions: Length 30cm
Accession Date: 1990 (made 1982)
Source: Estelle Oozevaseuk (Genevieve Apatiki, maker)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E423976