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inuŋuaq “play person, doll”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Also called:
ukhaaqtuaq “Iñupiaq dancing, you’re dancing”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Also called:

Atalaa una dance-saqsimaruaq inuk. (Just like this person is dancing.)

—Theresa Nanouk, 2001

This carved figure is in the stance of a dancer in a qargi [community house]. It may have been a charm or child’s toy.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Village: Unalakleet
Object Category: Toys, games
Dimensions: Length 15cm
Accession Date: 1878
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E033377