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qaġruq “arrow”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

Also called:
sutkuq “arrow”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Qaŋasaq guuq makua atuqtaqpatii bow and arrow? (How long ago did they use this bow and arrow?”) Iŋilgaan (“long ago”).

—Theresa Nanouk and Anna Etageak, 2001

Arrows with blunt bone or ivory tips were used to kill ptarmigan without damaging their skins. Boys played with small bows and short, featherless arrows like this one, learning to hunt by shooting at small birds and lemmings.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Length: 61cm
Accession Date: 1952 (collected 1912-1914)
Source: Samuel P. Fay (collector)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 218916.000