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puggutaq “bowl, dish, plate”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

This would be good as a serving platter. Lots of maktak [whale skin with blubber] could go on that!

—Ron Brower, Sr., 2002

This very large dish has a two-part bentwood rim and a solid wood bottom. Individuals ate from small dishes, while large bowls like this were for presenting food at whaling festivals and winter feasts. When a person died, his eating dish was hung on one of the posts that marked his grave.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Northwest Alaska
Village: Point Barrow
Object Category: Housewares
Dimensions: Length 64cm
Accession Date: 1916
Source: Museum Purchase
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 050595.000