Collection: Fry

Item Number: Fry0160

Category: Stool

Region: Arctic

Tribe: Eskimo

Period: 1925-1950

Materials: Wood, seal hide and ivory

Description: This seal hunterÍs stool was utilized by Eskimo hunters, hunting on sea ice at seal breathing holes. The hunters stood on stools such as this in order to prevent their feet from freezing to the ice. The strap was added by the hunter for ease in carrying the stool. This is a usual part of a seal hunterÍs gear.

Dimensions: 8" x 7" x 10" high


Claire Fejes, Fairbanks, Alaska, collected at Point Hope, Alaska, in the 1950s


Murdoch, John, Ethnological Results of the Point Barow Expedition, reprinted from the Ninth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology, 1877-1888, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1988,

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