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iqsak “fishhook”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Also called:
manaq “fishhook”
Language: Central Yup'ik

During winter, tomcod and sculpin fish stay in deep water but as spring approaches they move in closer to shore. That is when people along the Bering Sea coast fish for them through holes in the ice, using hook and line. This traditional bone hook has four sharp prongs.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Yukon-Kuskokwim River Delta, Alaska
Village: Askinuk
Object Category: Fishing
Dimensions: Length: 14.5cm
Accession Date: 1879
Source: Edward W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E037411