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Tump Line in a Tapestry Weave

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Cultural Period: Ancestral Puebloan

Description: Section of a tump line (a strap crossing the forehead or chest to aid in carrying a load on the back) from Wupatki Pueblo. The strap is cotton yarn on yucca warp, and is decorated with a polychrome design in blue and two shades of brown. Since cotton couldn't be grown at higher elevations, it was likely acquired from the Hohokam further south.

Dimensions: 10.0 cm (L) x 3.25 cm (W) (3.94 in x 1.28 in).

Collection: On display at Wupatki National Monument (catalog card).

Dan Boone/Ryan Belnap, Bilby Research Center, Northern Arizona University
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