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kellarvik “storage bag or container”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Also called:
qemaggvik “storage bag or container”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Qemagvissugmek wani-wa. Una tua wani-wa wiinga makucingqellruama. Mecungyuglalriit yukutarcessqumanrilrenka wavet eklaranka. Espickangqerquma wavet eksugngaluku. Imat imkut puyurkat. (This is a storage bag. This one right here, I had this kind. When I didn’t want something to get damp, I would put it in this. If I had matches, I would put them in here, also bullets or gunpowder.)

—John Phillip Sr., 2002

Salmon skins were used to make boots, mittens, and bags, especially along the lower Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers where these fish are abundant. When properly prepared, fish skins are durable and waterproof. According to elders Neva Rivers and Virginia Minock, the skins used for this bag were silver salmon and king salmon. It is stitched with sinew and ornamented with bands of red-dyed fish skin, white strips of bleached seal esophagus, and caribou hair. A rawhide drawstring encircles the top.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Bristol Bay, Alaska
Village: Nushugak
Object Category: Baskets, bags, boxes
Dimensions: Length 36cm
Accession Date: 1879
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E037401