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Ice scoop

mitiŋŋiun “ice scoop”
Language: Bering Strait Iñupiaq

It freezes over but you can break it up and then you’ve got a scoop to take care of it.

—Jacob Ahwinona, 2001

Tomcod, trout, and other fish are fished through holes in the ice of rivers and bays. This traditional ice scoop was used to strain out bits of ice and slush that form in the hole, keeping it clear. The mesh is made of whale baleen.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska
Object Category: Fishing
Dimensions: Length 86cm
Accession Date: 1908
Source: F. M. Covert (collector)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 018316.000