Alaskan sub arctic region Caribou Hunting Rattle, late 1800’s/early 1900’s

Alaskan sub arctic region Caribou Hunting Rattle, late 1800’s/early 1900’s

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Very interesting piece of culture and history in our native art gallery just arrived:

Alaskan sub arctic region Caribou Hunting Rattle

The rattling noise simulates clicking sounds made by caribou hooves when their toes rub together. A rattle was used in winter hunting to attract caribou closer. This rattle is made with caribou hooves strung on a caribou hide thong along the bone

Caribou are essential to traditional peoples of the North. Caribou meat is eaten and pretty much everything else of the animal is used in a variety of ways. Especially the antlers are carved into many types of tools, sculptures and rattles. 

Measurements: 12” long, approx 2/4” thick bone

This piece originates from the subarctic region of either Alaska or Northern Canada. It’s fully hand crafted. The handle is made from caribou bone, the rattle made from Caribou hoof. It’s decorated with black and white beads and bound by hide. The Alaskan Athabascans, are the original inhabitants of the interior of Alaska. In Alaska, where they are the oldest but there are eleven other groups identified by the languages they speak including the Dene. The Alaskan Athabascans have a matrilineal system in which children belong to the mother's clan.

Long story short: If you go after Caribou's this weekend - you NEED this :o)

 

 

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