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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection


House, model

Accession no.: N: 1092b
Title: House, model
Description: House, model. North Alaska Coast Inupiaq. Point Barrow, Alaska, United States of America, 1933.
Classified name:
Cultural affiliation Iñupiat (Iñupiaq; North Alaska Eskimo)
Geographic area United States of America > Alaska > Nuvuk (Point Barrow)
Getty AAT Models
Field collection:
Person Hutchison, Isobel Wylie
Date 1933
Place United States of America > Alaska > Utqiagvik (Barrow)
Number of items: 2
Full description:

Rectangular model house with extension added on the front. Frame is made of wood covered with grass turf. Circular wooden chimney projects from centre of slightly peaked roof. Ten wooden slats are secured to roof with wooden pegs. Rectangular hole in roof is covered with separate turf-covered wooden panel overlaid with sea-mammal intestine. Wooden sleeping platform on interior. Wooden ladder with 6 cross-bars is suspended from roof on one side with sinew and cotton thread. Square entrance hole cut in the floor. Extension has no floor. Square hole in roof is reinforced with wooden slats, sides with one wooden slat and front with two wooden slats secured with wooden pegs.

  • Width: 620mm, height: 430mm, length: 750mm