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Bowl

qantaq “bowl, plate, dish”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Alngagnqerrluteng. Ayuqenrilngurneng alngangqetuut. Ilait kanaggun nayiruaneng. Nutaraullermegni wani qaralingqerraqluteng nayiruameng. Augayui. Augaqainauvkenateng eruyuilameng. (They had symbols. They always have different symbols. Some had ringed seals on the bottom - when they were new, they had ringed seal designs. They never came off. They couldn’t come off, because the bowls weren’t washed.)

—Neva Rivers, 2002

The painting on this Yupik bowl from the village of Nulukhtulogumut on Nelson Island may represent a controller spirit. It hands have holes, allowing the passage of sea mammals to the human world. The being is flanked by walruses and seals. Food bowls were wiped clean after eating, but not washed.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Yukon-Kuskokwim River Delta, Alaska
Village: Nulukhtulogumut
Object Category: Housewares
Dimensions: Length 28cm
Accession Date: 1879
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E038685