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Bow

sutkuq “bow, arrow, bow and arrow, hunting equipment”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

They used that [bow] for hunting caribou. They piled rocks and make them in the shape of a man…

—Oscar Koutchak, 2001

One method of hunting caribou was to build man-shaped stone piles [innuksut] in long, V-shaped lines across the tundra. These threatening towers of stone frightened the caribou and funneled them into an area where hunters hid, armed with bows and arrows.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Village: St. Michael
Object Category: Hunting
Object Type: Bow
Dimensions: Length 2m
Accession Date: 1876
Source: Lucien M. Turner (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E029869