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Needle case

mingquciivik “needle case”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Makut-wa aqnirnailitam agangqavia, ekqervia. (This is a hanger for thimbles, where we can put on the thimbles.) Makut tangniqutai (These are its decorations). Tangniqutakcengirai (Its small decorations).

—Neva Rivers, 2002

On this type of case, needles are tucked into a leather strap and covered with a sliding ivory tube. Attached to the strap on this needle case are a woman’s protective amulets including tips for bird arrows and nail-shaped labrets (lip ornaments) that her husband wore as a child. Also attached are beads, a beaver tooth, and a double-U shaped ivory holder for leather thimbles.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Southwest Alaska
Object Category: Baskets, bags, boxes
Dimensions: Length 31.5cm
Accession Date: 1892
Source: J. Henry Turner (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E153830