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kellarvik “storage bag”
Language: Central Yup'ik

This is really waterproof. They keep the things they don’t want to get moist in there.

—Neva Rivers, 2002

This bag was made from sea mammal intestines, either walrus or seal, with contrasting bands of bleached and alder-dyed seal gullet. A small repeating design resembles a whale with two tails. To prepare intestines for sewing, women cleaned and inflated them, then hung the tubes outside until dry.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Kuskokwim River, Alaska
Object Category: Baskets, bags, boxes
Dimensions: Diameter: 28cm
Accession Date: 1919 (collected 1905-1909)
Source: A. H. Twitchell Collection
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 093452.000