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Pipe bowl and stem

The tobacco is very strong. Only one puff will do it! Wapaaqa [tobacco]. Just like we do, they call them kuynga [“pipe” in Chukchi].

—Estelle Oozevaseuk, 2001

Among the Chukchi, Koryak, and Siberian Yupik, few people did not use some form of the tobacco they obtained from Russian traders. The strong leaf was chewed, smoked, and prepared as snuff. This Chukchi pipe has a wide wooden body with a lead bowl, fittings, and stem made of cast lead. Designs are inlaid with brass wire. An iron pin, used to clean the pipe’s bowl, is attached by a leather strap.

Культура: Eastern Siberian
Регион: Siberia
Категрия предмета: Tobacco
Размеры: Length 29cm
Дата поступления: 1931
Источник: Victor J. Evans (donor)
Музей: Национальный музей естественной истории
Идентификационный номер музея: E359130