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Fishhook

iqsak “fishhook”
Language: Central Yup'ik

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

Taugaam augkut cali angtuanek taluyitulit augkunek wani qavani kiatemteni apa’urluqa call’ tangvalallruaqa whitefish-anek imkunek augkunek, whitefish. (Back then they had large traps upriver above us, and I would watch my grandpa when he trapped for whitefish.)

—John Phillip, Sr., 2002

Caught in nets and traps or taken by hook and line, Arctic whitefish are an important subsistence food, often eaten dried or frozen. Their oil is a delicacy. Sheefish are the largest members of the whitefish family, weighing as much as 60 pounds. This lure for catching them is made of caribou antler, with a metal hook.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Yukon-Kuskokwim River Delta, Alaska
Village: Paimiut
Object Category: Fishing
Dimensions: Length: 13cm
Accession Date: 1879
Source: Edward W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E037946