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qucillgaruaq “crane model”
Language: Central Yup'ik

They didn’t make designs on a whim…A person made this design because of the significance of this bird, because it would help him when he hunts.

—Joan Hamilton, 2002 (speaking of bird designs on a hunting hat)

Hunters had helping spirits, often birds that were depicted on hunting equipment and masks. This ceremonial figure representing a sandhill crane was displayed in the men’s community house during dances, and used together with a crane mask (see mask 093417.000).

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Kuskokwim River, Alaska
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length: 70.2cm
Accession Date: 1919 (collected 1905-1909)
Source: A. H. Twitchell Collection
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 093436.000