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Needle case

mingquciivik “needle case”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Neqnguuq. Quuyurniyukluku watua! (It is a fish. I thought it was smiling while ago!)

—Joan Hamilton, 2002

This tube to hold sewing needles was made from the wing bone of a goose, with wooden stoppers at each end. The design may represent a blackfish.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Yukon-Kuskokwim River Delta, Alaska
Village: Askinuk
Object Category: Tools
Dimensions: Length 16cm
Accession Date: 1879
Source: Edward W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E036723