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imġun “dipper, ladle”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

They’re primarily used for drinking water. It’s not used for hot items because it would change shape.

—Ron Brower, Sr., 2002

This water dipper or food ladle was made from the horn of a mountain sheep. The horn was cut, softened by boiling, and pressed over the top of a wooden post to mold the bowl. Mountain (Dall) sheep were hunted in the high interior country of the Brooks Range.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Northwest Alaska
Village: Point Barrow
Object Category: Housewares
Dimensions: Length 33.8cm
Accession Date: 1916
Source: Museum Purchase
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 050648.000