Alaska Native Collections – Sharing Knowledge



k’ì’ “arrow”
Language: Gwich'in

That’s for ducks…there’s two points.

—Trimble Gilbert, 2004

Hunters used arrows with double-headed bone points to shoot ducks and other waterfowl. The bone ends were forced apart when the arrow hit, clamping into the wound. An arrow that missed its target floated vertically in the water until it could be retrieved. This Gwich’in duck arrow is fletched with black raven feathers.

Culture: Athabascan
Region: Yukon River (upper), Alaska
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Length: 73.2cm
Accession Date: 1892
Source: I. C. Russell (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E178645B