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ts’uk’ “dish, plate”
Language: Dena’ina (Upper Inlet dialect)

This shallow wooden dish may have been used for serving fish or strips of meat. Athabascan men carved bowls from spruce roots, choosing a large section from near the trunk of the tree. They hollowed the root section out with fire and then shaped it with a beaver tooth chisel; marks left by the tool can still be seen on this bowl. The geometric patterns were painted with red ocher.

Culture: Athabascan
Region: Cook Inlet, Alaska
Village: Kenai
Object Category: Housewares
Dimensions: Length 51cm
Accession Date: 1965
Source: Max Hess Collection
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 236282.000