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Hunting visor

titqiaq “eye shade, sun visor”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Take it to reduce the glare. / Spring time, when the sun starts to come up.

—Oscar Koutchak / Theresa Nanouk, 2001

Iñupiaq and Yup’ik men around Norton Sound wore wooden hunting visors to shade their eyes in bright sun. The ivory carvings of walrus heads and bird beaks were charms to attract sea mammals. The ivory sidepieces on this hat are marked with concentric circles, a symbol of the cosmos where human beings, animals, and spirits all dwell. On the back of the hat is a fiber ring that holds a spray of feathers from fast-flying oldsquaw ducks.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Village: Kusilvak
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Length 40cm
Accession Date: 1889
Source: Alaska Commercial Co. (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E160337A