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Trap stake

Seeing an animal go down into the ground-hog [marmot] hole, he set up his trap there, and it is from him that people know how to fix it.

—From “Qāq!atcgūk,” told by Don Cameron in “Tlingit Myths and Texts,” 1909

Snares for catching marmots and ermines were fastened to carved bone or wooden stakes, on which crest designs were often carved. On this stake an animal pelt is draped over a person’s head.

Culture: Tlingit
Region: Southeast Alaska
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Length 31cm
Accession Date: 1929
Source: Mrs. Thea Heye (donor)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 166145.000