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kashim

[kash-im, kah-shim]
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noun Alaska.
  1. a building used by Eskimos as a community gathering place or as a place where men congregate and socialize.

Origin of kashim

First recorded in 1850–55, kashim is from the Yupik word qasgiq
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Historical Examples

  • The people gave him place of honor in the kashim, and made him their headsman.

    Myths and Legends of Alaska

    Various

  • Then the shamans were angry and beat that boy and drove him out of the kashim.

  • During the hunting-season the men visit their wives only during the night, returning to the kashim before daylight.

  • The men, excepting old men and boys, all sleep in the kashim, whither they retire at sunset.

  • After morning worship, the women carry breakfast to their husbands in the kashim.