khes̲ᗇᔆxes̪Nfish oil container

The traditional container for fish oil consists of a fish skin into which the oil is poured. It is sealed by tying off the opening or openings with sinew. The skin is obtained by cutting off the fish's head, peeling off the skin, and removing any adhering flesh. In some cases the tail is left on so that it is only necessary to tie off the top. In other cases, the tail is cut off and it is necessary to tie off both the top and the bottom.

Etymology: A reduced compound of khe ‟grease, oil” and z̲us̲ ‟skin, bag”. Compare k'as̲ ‟quiver, bullet pouch”.


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