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Impearls: HIC 4.13: Receptacles

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Earthdate 2005-11-12

Receptacles   by A. L. Kroeber

A curious receptacle, known only to the northwestern tribes, was a piece of deer hide, folded hair side out, and with a stick fastened along each edge to spring it closed.  The whole somewhat resembled a quiver in outline, but was flat and opened along one edge.  It was conveniently carried clamped under the upper arm.

A network sack, with mesh small enough to hold acorns, was much used to carry little objects, from food to money.  The shape was trapezoidal, with a deerskin strap.  This type was known over most of California, and was chiefly if not wholly man's paraphernalia.

Loose feathers and the like were rolled on a sort of mat of herb stems on which the leaves were allowed to remain and which were twined with string.  The object is so shaped as to belly out somewhat when rolled up.

A similar mat case of tules was sometimes made for obsidians.

A small skin of soft fur, spread out flat, often had dentalia rolled up in it.  At one end a thong was stitched on, which was tied around the bundle.



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