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The Kudlik - a Multi-Purpose Lamp
A kudlik (qulliq) is a crescent-shaped lamp carved from stone and fuelled by the oil from animal blubber. A wick made of moss or Arctic cotton draws the oil to make a type of liquid candle, and the open stone lamp was used by the Inuit to light and heat tents or igloos, melt snow for water, dry clothing and cook food.
Arctic cotton is a type of grass that produces silky white plumes that resemble cotton balls. Inuit children picked the "cotton" in the summer for use as wicks and mattress stuffing.
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