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Net gauge

qilakeggun “net gauge”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Kuvyissuutngullilria-w’ tua taryaqvagnek tamana. (That one is for making a fishnet for king salmon.)

—John Phillip, Sr., 2002

Making a net to catch fish or sea mammals requires precise measurement of the openings, or mesh. This tool shows the size needed for king salmon, one of the largest fish. It is made of caribou bone with a wrapping of split spruce root around the handle. Today, Yup’ik fishermen use commercial nets rather homemade ones.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Yukon River (lower), Alaska
Village: Sabotnisky
Object Category: Fishing
Dimensions: Length 24.5cm
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E048935