Alaska Native Collections – Sharing Knowledge



aanġuaq “charm, amulet”
Язык: North Slope Iñupiaq

This kind was used as an amulet which ensures that the whale will be caught.

—Ronald Brower Sr., 2002

Some whaling captains still carry traditional carved walrus ivory hunting charms during the hunt. This type of figure is a qaagliñiq (also called aanġuaq), meaning a charm that can attract animals; it has the “power of bringing.” More potent figures called tuunġaq (helping spirit) were in the past employed by shamans and had “the power of killing.”

Культура: Iñupiaq
Регион: Northwest Alaska
Деревня: Point Barrow
Категрия предмета: Hunting
Размеры: Length: 16.5cm
Дата поступления: 1905
Источник: Museum Purchase
Музей: Национальный музей американских индейцев
Идентификационный номер музея: 006104.000