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LOOKING BOTH WAYS: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People of Southern Alaska

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Sewing Bag: Ekgwiutaq / Woman's sewing bag.

LOCATION: Katmai (Qayirwik), Alaska Peninsula, 1879-1882

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 72495)

DIMENSIONS: 30 cm high.

DESCRIPTION:
"Blow, just like a balloon, that bear gut... let sun dry it, like clothes outside... Cut it about so wide... Then they sew it together for a rain jacket" (Nida Chya, Kodiak Island Elder, 1986). Intestines of bears, seals, sea lions, and whales were used to make jackets and bags. To prepare intestines for sewing, they were cleaned, filled with air, and hung out to dry. This bag is decorated with sea otter fur and colored yarn.


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