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viqizdluyi sez “case belt”
Language: Dena’ina (Inland dialect)

Then the people from up the Yukon would come this way. As they come out at the point of this big island, they would start shooting. And then as they’re coming across the people in the boats are singing. The singers in the boat start singing and all the people on the bank of the Koyukuk River would dance to that. Then they would land and they’d keep on singing, and the singer is coming up and they’re all dancing behind.

—Eliza Jones, 2004

This bead-covered belt and shooting accessories may never have been worn for hunting; instead they were probably ceremonial gear for a man to use during celebrations or potlatch gatherings. The set is Dena’ina, from the Cook Inlet region. All the attachments are for supplies used with muzzle-loading guns: a horn for gunpowder, a pouch to hold lead shot, a pouch for percussion caps, a powder-measure, a wad pouch, and a wooden ramming tool.

Culture: Athabascan
Region: Cook Inlet, Alaska
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Length 49cm
Accession Date: 1884
Source: William J. Fisher (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E074722