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Boat sled

umiiraun “sled for pulling an umiak”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

Ivory is very slick when you’re pulling it through snow. It’s a preferred form of runner. And because ivory is slick on snow and ice, it allows you to move rapidly, pulling whatever you have.

—Ronald Brower, Sr., 2002

A pair of small sleds is needed to pull a whaling umiaq (open skin boat) across the shorefast ice to open water. In the past kayaks were also transported on sleds. This sled has walrus ivory runners and crossbars made of caribou antler.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Northwest Alaska
Village: Point Barrow
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Length: 57cm
Accession Date: 1934
Source: Milford G. Chandler Collection
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 187912.000