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Members of the Qaqet communities use two types of umbrellas. One type is used for protection from the elements. Often times, while walking, they are faced with inclement weather or intense sunlight. Since the umbrella is made with readily accessible materials (leaves and bark string), they are able to quickly assemble the umbrella as needed. The other type of umbrella is commonly used for marking and protecting personal property. The preparation of this particular umbrella involves the speaking of customary phrases that are unique to each Qaqet family group in order to ensure the protection of the designated object.