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

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Skin Bag: Kakiwik / Embroidered skin bag.

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

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 72497)

DIMENSIONS: 39 cm high.

DESCRIPTION:
"All the old people used to have kakiwit. They would take them along wherever they go, just like a handbag." (Clyda Christiansen, Kodiak Island Elder, 1997). Women used kakiwit to store small sewing items, such as needles and sinew thread. Men used them to carry sewing supplies to make kayak repairs as well as tobacco, ammunition, and other small items for hunting. In more recent years, kakiwit were made of cloth. The embroidery on this bag is made of caribou hair.


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