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Kayak mat

aġupiutaq “place where you sit, kayak mat, chair”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Also called:
tukmiilitaq “mat, doormat”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Also called:
aluiyaqsuun “one to clean your soles by the door with, doormat”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Also called:
piniksraq aluiyaqsuun “grass doormat”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

We even make them for men, for inside the kayak to sit down on.

—Anna Etageak, 2001

Grass has many traditional uses, and was woven into baskets, bags, mats and even sails for umiaks. This long narrow mat was laid inside a kayak to make a comfortable seat.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Object Category: Boats
Dimensions: Length 1m
Accession Date: 1876
Source: Lucien M. Turner (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E024605