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Bentwood bowl

laakt s’íx’i “bentwood dish”
Language: Lingít

Yóo lákdi tóox’ Daakw aasá cháatl wanee ... áyú dustéix atsú. A áyú lákt shadulhíkt. Té ataadé yéi daadunéinuch. (In these bentwood boxes, halibut, whichever part…is boiled. With that, bentwood bowls would be filled. Hot stones would be put into the basket to cook the food.)

—George Ramos, 2005

Bentwood bowls were used for storing and serving water, berries, fish, seal grease, and other foods, and hot stones could be added to cook the contents. To make a bowl, the artist shaped and kerfed a hardwood plank, softened it with hot water, bent the corners, and pegged or stitched the ends together. He added a separate bottom piece and sealed the seams with a compound of clamshells, salmon eggs, seal brains, and blood. This bowl has a sculpted face, possibly Raven, at one end; an owl-like spirit face with tail-feathers on the other; and wing designs that extend along both sides.

Culture: Tlingit
Region: Southeast Alaska
Object Category: Housewares
Dimensions: Length 53.6cm
Accession Date: 1920
Source: Museum Purchase
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 099857.000