CULTURAL CONTEXT : Heating, light, and cooking

DESCRIPTION : The soapstone lamp is a shallow bowl that holds oil for burning. The oil is burned using a wick of moss arranged around the lamp edge. The oil lamp was the only source of light and heat in the snowhouse and it also provided the heat source for cooking.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA : Eastern Arctic

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP : Inuit-Inupiaq

CULTURE : Quebec Inuit; Tarramiut

NATURAL REGION : Ungava Bay

PROVINCE : Quebec

PERIOD : late 20th Century

MATERIAL : Soapstone

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE : Carved
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