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The scent of seal oil

August 29, 2017

Hi there!

It’s been a while, so we thought we’d give you an update on what we’ve been up to during the final week of the season (really this time).

Aside from Rick and I, everybody has left now, and Mike has taken off on another camping trip (we don’t envy him, it’s been really cold and very windy!).

Quinhagak photographer Jackie has been in the lab taking record- and inventory shots of some of the nicest pieces from this season:

We’ve been working hard every day to try and finish up everything in the lab, and it looks like we might just make it! All the wood is out of PEG and drying now, and we’ve had a few amazing finds! These two mask fragments fit together, bringing the number of full-sized masks we have now up to a whopping 7!

Our queen of the lab Sandra took off on Monday, and although we miss her a lot we’ve found a way to fill the void:

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Past Jonathan has also provided us with some comic relief:

While packing away the treated and dried wood, I found two bentwood vessel parts that fit together. The amazing thing is that I was able to match these because when handling them, I noticed they both smelled strongly of seamammal oil.

That’s it for now, I need to head back and pack up some more pottery!

Lise

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