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Bolas

tiŋmiagniasutit “bolas”
Язык: Bering Strait Iñupiaq

Also called:
qil.amitautit “bolas”
Язык: North Slope Iñupiaq

The throwing isn’t twirling around; it’s more like a fastball for a baseball pitcher. You throw it off your heel, twist your torso, and put your arm into it. And you have to lead the bird – that takes practice.

—Paul Ongtooguk, 2009

The bola is a throwing weapon used to bring down flying ducks and geese. It consists of weighted strings that fan out in flight. The bone weights of this set depict seals adorned with circle and dot designs. Paul Ongtooguk said: “My experience with bolas was primarily in the early spring out on the sea ice, when it’s warm with high humidity and fog. There are certain points where the birds pass over, and in the fog they stay down low and fly slowly... If one of the bola ends connects with a bird, the others will wrap around it like a spider web.”

Культура: Iñupiaq
Регион: Norton Sound, Alaska
Категрия предмета: Hunting
Размеры: Length: 61cm
Дата поступления: 1966
Источник: Sarah Imhof (donor)
Музей: Национальный музей американских индейцев
Идентификационный номер музея: 238986.000