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Bird hunting
Bird hunting
Martin Family Collection, 1930s, Anchorage Museum

Coastal hunter holding a gaff and tundra swan.

Qungyarcetaaq Bird Decoy



Bird decoy attached to the end of a fishnet to attract birds. Frank Andrew said: "One sits still behind it. When birds land, he shoots an arrow at them. I think this is a spectacled eider decoy."


E. W. Nelson, 1882, Department of Anthropology,
Smithsonian Institution 48699

Nuusaarpak Three-pronged Bird Spear

Anchorage Municipal Acquisition Fund, Anchorage Museum 1982.078.003, 1982.078.004

Three-pronged bird spear and another with prongs midway down the shaft. Peter John said: "The nuusaarpak was used all the time for hunting food. It was like a .22 rifle and was always available in the kayak."

Pugsuaq Sinew Ptarmigan Net


Ptarmigan Net

Ptarmigan Net from the Kuskokwim. "Old women were never without ptarmigan nets," recalled Willie Kamkoff. "My grandmother also took a decoy made of a male ptarmigan's skin stuffed with moss to attract those birds."

S. Jackson, 1890s, Sheldon Jackson Museum IIS84b

  Yaqulegcurcuun Bola

Bola with walrus-tooth weights. Phillip Moses described bolas in flight: "Men waited by lakes and threw bolas at birds when they flew. When the bola hit, it wound around the bird and made it fall."

Anchorage Museum 1955.003.312


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