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

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Bentwood Box:

LOCATION: Cook Inlet, before 1900

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 207747)

DIMENSIONS: 17 cm high.

DESCRIPTION:
Bentwood boxes were used for food storage, cooking, and other common household tasks. A thin plank of steam or water-softened wood bent into a circle or square to make the sides of the box. The seam was then lashed together with spruce root. The bottom is a separate piece of carved wood.


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