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Toboggan model

xutl tl’otr’edr “dragging sled, toboggan”
Language: Deg Xinag

I remember quite a few people built this kind of toboggan, probably 1948, 1945…It’s not easy to make this kind... It’s really hard!

—Trimble Gilbert, 2004

The original Athabascan toboggans were made of moose hide, and were pulled by hand. European fur traders introduced dog teams as well as this type of wooden sleigh where the planks curl back in a curve at the front. Large, dog-drawn Athabascan toboggans of this type – often with sideboards made of stretched moose hide – were used to haul heavy loads of people, food, and freight. The maker of this model was probably Deg Hit’an.

Culture: Athabascan
Region: Yukon River (lower) Alaska
Object Category: Travel
Dimensions: Length 33cm
Accession Date: 1921
Source: D. E. Stubbs (collector)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 106932.000