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Quiver

t’ukanéiyi “quiver”
Language: Lingít

It’s easy to split the red cedar…They said they split it like that, carve it out, and then tie it together like you see there.

—George Ramos, 2005

Hunters carried wooden quivers in their canoes to hold barbed arrows for shooting sea otters. This quiver is a piece of split and hollowed red cedar, carved with crest designs. Tlingit men prepared for sea otter hunting through purification and abstinence. They rose in the dark and ate before the raven called, placing food in the fire with a prayer for luck. At home their wives were quiet and calm, trying to “sleep all the way through” so the otters would imitate them and be unafraid.

Culture: Tlingit
Region: Southeast Alaska
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Length 91cm
Accession Date: 1917
Source: D. F. Tozier Collection (donor)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 069007.000