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inuŋuaq “pretend person, doll”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

An ivory doll. We call these inuŋuaq (doll, or “pretend person”).

—Oscar Koutchak, 2001

This female doll from Norton Sound is dressed in a caribou skin parka and leggings, with long fur trim. The bottom of her parka is U-shaped with high-cut sides, just like the full-sized garments that women wore. Young girls played with dolls made from ivory, bone and wood, usually carved for them by their fathers.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound (north), Alaska
Object Category: Toys, games
Dimensions: Height 30cm
Accession Date: 1879
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E037634