Image: Inuit Alaskan Bag: E22471

Inuit Alaskan Bag: E22471

Man’s tool bag of the Inupian-speaking Inuit people, northern Alaska, USA.

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This bag is made from the skins of four wolverines (foxes) killed during the summer as the fur is brown. To have killed four wolverines was considered a sign of a skilled hunter, as wolverines are fast and difficult to hunt. These animals were also universally hated as food cache raiders and so such bags were carried with great pride. The bag was collected by Edward Avery McIlhenny for the Museum of Pennsylvania University in 1897.

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