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Respirator

qanermiaq “respirator for fire- bath”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Puqlamek tua yuuryailkutnguuq. (It is for breathing in hot air.)

—John Phillip, Sr., 2002

A man placed a respirator mask over his mouth in order to protect his lungs from the fiercely hot atmosphere of a maqi, or fire-bath. He gripped the wooden bar in back with his teeth. The mask is filled with dry wood shavings.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Village: Shaktolik
Object Category: Homes
Dimensions: Length 14.4cm
Accession Date: 1879
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E038850