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LOOKING BOTH WAYS: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People of Southern Alaska

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IMAGE
Toy Bow:

LOCATION: Karluk 1 archaeological site, Kodiak Island, A.D. 1400-1750

REFERENCE: Alutiiq Museum, Koniag, Inc. Collection (AM193.87)

DIMENSIONS: 41 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
"Some old people got the best of us. You know they trained us, they trained us to use the bow and arrow. But they played, old men against the young people they never let us win" (Ignatius Kosbruk, Alaska Peninsula Elder, 1997). When the wild geese migrated in spring, men and boys brought out bows and arrows for shooting competitions on the beach. The target was a reed, a piece of wood, or the bulb of a kelp plant.


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