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Object Monday: Sámi reindeer fur slippers

Posted on: Monday, May 23, 2022

Reindeer fur slippers (MMA 90.3.1)

Reindeer fur slippers (MMA 90.3.1)

These slippers were made by a Sámi woman in Alaska in 1933.  The story of how she came to be in Alaska is embedded in the history of 19th century colonial expansion. 

In 1891, while touring Inuit villages of western Alaska, US Government official and missionary Sheldon Jackson developed the plan to bring domestic reindeer from Scandinavia to address what he perceived to be a severe food... read more

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Mukluks (MMA 87.37.8)

Object Monday: Alaskan Mukluks

Posted on: Monday, May 2, 2022

These adult mukluks (Yupik, kamiks in Inuit) were made by an unknown Native Alaskan in the 1960s or 70s.  

The soft leather soles of these mukluks wrap around the bottom of the wearer’s foot and are attached to the seal fur sides with... read more

Burna Little basket (MMA 83.43.1)

Ts'aa' ceremonial basket, made by Burna Little (MMA 83.43.1)

Object Monday: Ceremonial basket by Burna Little

Posted on: Monday, April 4, 2022

This Ts’aa’ (ceremonial basket) was made by Burna Little of Navajo Mountain around 1983. The coiled basket is made of natural and dyed sumac wrapped around a three-rod sumac core. Its edge consists of a distinctive herringbone braid rim that... read more

3 views of Ivory cribbage board (MMA 89.5.10)

3 views of Ivory cribbage board (MMA 89.5.10)

Object Monday: Walrus Ivory Cribbage Board

Posted on: Monday, March 21, 2022

This ivory walrus tusk carved by an unknown artist was used as a game board (cribbage board). Labeled “Nome Alaska 1905”, the scrimshaw engravings depict a rapidly urbanizing region. It is an example of a hybrid art form created by Inuit carvers... read more

Education Tuesday: Adventures with Lulu

Posted on: Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Exploring the country of Turkey

Join Lulu as she explores the history and culture of Turkey. Located at a crossroad between Asia and Europe, Turkey offers a fascinating mix of cultures... read more

Ceramic Owls, by Kalestewa family (MMA 76.68.12, 76.68.13)

Ceramic Owls, by Kalestewa family (MMA 76.68.12, 76.68.13), A:shiwi (Zuni)

Object Monday: Ceramic Owls

Posted on: Sunday, February 6, 2022

These two ceramic owl figurines were crafted by a Zuni potter of the Kalestewa family around the 1940s. They are both approximately 11 inches tall, and feature red eyes, beaks, and ears and a black and white feather design on their bodies. The... read more