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Container

aġrakuvik “ash container”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Also called:
pupiiguam aġrakuvia “fungus ash container”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Also called:
mortar

Chewing tobacco was mixed with ashes made by burning a fungus that grows on birch trees. Fungus ash may have been stored in this bowl, or it might have been a mortar used for grinding tobacco into snuff

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Village: Unalakleet
Object Category: Tobacco
Object Type: Mortar
Dimensions: L: 15cm; H: 20cm
Accession Date: 1880
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E043804