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This object was catalogued in 1884 and identified as given by the Royal Museum of Sweden. Anthropology catalogue ledger book identifies 73229 - 33 as from Vega Expedition; 73234 is presumably also from the Vega Expedition, as original tag with artifact lists it as "Vega Exp". Original tag also calls it "fogelslunga", which is a term for bolas for catching birds. In 1878-1880 the Vega expedition in the Arctic Ocean took place. The expedition was headed by polar explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld; the ship used was the Vega. The purpose of the expedition was to study the Arctic coast along Russian Siberia, and look for the Northeast Passage. The expedition's progress was stopped by pack ice on September 28, 1878, about 1.5 kilometers from the coast at the Chukchi Peninsula at Neshkan, only days from the Bering Strait. The expedition spent the winter there at a place called Pitlekaj in eastern Siberia between Wrangel Island and the Bering Strait. The Vega expedition artifacts are described on p. 112 of the U.S. National Museum Annual Report for 1884.
From card: "Trkajpig Chukches". Original tag with artifact calls what the card lists asTrkajpig - Irkajpij, and this is presumably the locality called Irkaipij by Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld in his 2 volume book: Nordenskiöld, A. E. (Adolf Erik)., Leslie, A. (1881). The voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe: with a historical review of previous journeys along the north coast of the Old world. London: Macmillan and co.. On p. 441 of Volume 1 of the publication he refers to it as Irkaipij, or Cape North. Cape North is an old name for what is now Cape Schmidt (Mys Shmidta) in northeastern Siberia. Wikipedia entry on Cape Schmidt indicates the local name for the headland was Il-Kappeya.
26 Jun 2019
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- Bird Slings. 1878. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://collections.si.edu/search/results.htm?q=record_ID%3Anmnhanthropology_8476994&repo=DPLA. (Accessed October 20, 2019.)
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- (1878) Bird Slings. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://collections.si.edu/search/results.htm?q=record_ID%3Anmnhanthropology_8476994&repo=DPLA
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- Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <http://collections.si.edu/search/results.htm?q=record_ID%3Anmnhanthropology_8476994&repo=DPLA>.