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Earrings

imigluktuk “pair of earrings”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

Women and girls pierced their ears for beaded earrings that hung on ivory hooks. This pair from the north Alaskan coast has valuable, delicate “tooth” (dentalium) shells from Canada’s Northwest Coast, strung on sinew thread. Red and blue trade beads add color and the bottoms are trimmed with yarn.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Flaxman Island, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Length 14.3cm
Accession Date: 1921
Source: Museum Purchase
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 106005.000