Traditional material used to make a modern implement: Bone propeller from Sleetmute.
B. Park, 1938, UA Museum of the North 0140 1080
Playing cards made of wood before paper cards were readily available.
L. Bales, 1900-1913, Alaska State Museum IIA3352
New materials were also used to create traditional items, as in these socks made with gunnysack thread, using the same technique used to make grass socks.
Made by Anna Phillip, Aniak, 1959, UA Museum of the North 2002 001 0101
TaluyaqWire Fish Trap
Taluyaq/Wire fish trap like those used throughout southwest Alaska today. Though easier to make and more durable than wooden traps, elders say that water makes noise against the wire, scaring the fish.
Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center and Museum 95.1.52
Qantat Qaltat-lluPlastic Bowls and Buckets
Plastic bowls and buckets, replacing sealskin pokes used to store food in the past.
Carrying bag made from plastic shopping bags, with yarn decorations.
AFR, 2002, Bethel
Fish dipper made from a tea pot.
UA Museum of the North 70-053-0093
made by Kirt Bell of Hooper Bay in 1974 out of linoleum instead of wood as the most convenient bendable material close at hand, painted with flour paste, and decorated with ivory and eider feathers. AFR
Kirt Bell models the linoleum hunting hat he made in 1974.
Gift of Father René Astruc, S.J., 1980. Anchorage Museum 1996.065.002
Asaaquq/Harpoon like those used today at the mouth of the Yukon, to retrieve seals shot with rifles in fresh water before they sink.
Dennis Sheldon remarked: "Back then they used seal stomachs as floats, but nowadays they use anything that can float."