Leah Cilek

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1 1968.9.8.11 Belt Fancy black leather belt with yellow top stitiching. Has money pocket on inside and out. Holster and cartridge section. White metal belt buckle hole linings. Large silver coloreuckle. Fancy C-shaped insert at end where buckle fits into hole. White button on holster. Color: BK,YL,RD
2 1972.31.47 Hanging Face with headress, holes on both sides at top. Five roes of horizontal incised designs with ear coverings. On back " Dona Rosa, S. B. Coyotepec, Oax. Mexico." Color: BK
3 1989.43.641 Ulu Ulu is a hand blade traditionally used by indigenous women of the subarctic. It consists of a handle and semicircular crescent blade. The multi-purpose knife is considered to be one of the most significant tools of the Inuit woman, and a symbol of her role in the culture of the circumpolar world. As a young girl, she would be given a small ulu, made by a male member of her family, with which to practice her skills as a seamstress. The ulu would be taken with her in marriage, and laid to rest with her in death. A woman often had more than one ulu, and chose the size suitable for the task at hand. Model ulus were also created to be used as toys, or offered as grave gifts to the departed spirit of the deceased. Ulus were used for cleaning, the preparation and cutting of skins, butchering meat, cleaning and slicing fish for drying. Inuit women also used the ulu when eating. It was used for chopping the blubber and transferring it to the oil lamp. It was employed in every kind of cutting job from butchering to fine sewing. 1989.43.641 (Ulu) image
4 1991.47.4 Mask Mask of half-man and half-animal, from Nunivak Island. This mask has a "face" with 2 painted circles for eyes (not cut out) and 2 for the mouth. Half of the face is painted deep reddish brown and has black markings; it represents a human. The other half is mostly painted white except for a gash for a mouth and black "whiskers"; it represents a wolf. Two circles of wood surround the face. Circles within the Yup'ik tribe represented the universe. To the outside of these circles are attached 12 quills, each holding a wooden feather or fish. They represent (top to bottom): pin-tail duck, wings, front seal flippers, salmon, duck feet, back seal flippers and tail-feathers of the bird. This mask's intended purpose was for decoration, but created in the style and tradition of Yup'ik mask making. Traditionally, Yup'ik masks were created by shamans, or angalkut, to be worn during dances to bring prosperity to the tribe.The animal represented by the masks were intended to bring a surplus of that particular animal. Masks similar to this were made smaller with the intention of wearing one on the forehead.
5 2018-17-29 Print Mold None 2018-17-29 (Print Mold) image