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Net float

Puktaun “float, buoy”
Язык: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

These nets – normally around Barrow we use them during the fall time, when these catch the young seals that are coming around Point Barrow.

—Ronald Brower, Sr., 2002

This wooden float for a seal net is in the shape of a seal’s head, with large blue beads to represent its eyes and caribou hair inserted to show the bristles on its muzzle. Nets are strung under the sea ice or in open water leads where seals are swimming. Wooden floats support the nets and also serve as hunting charms, to draw the animals near.

Культура: Iñupiaq
Регион: Norton Sound, Alaska
Деревня: Nome
Категрия предмета: Hunting
Размеры: Length 13cm
Дата поступления: 1880
Источник: Edward W. Nelson (donor)
Музей: Национальный музей естественной истории
Идентификационный номер музея: E044142