Item Number: Fry0195
Category: Float - Net Float
Materials: Wood, walrus ivory and seal hide line.
Description: Net float, from Point Hope, Alaska, collected by Claire Fejes in the 1950s. This net float has two ivory rattles to alert the Eskimo fishermen that they have made a catch. The seal imagery was used on net floats like this, since seals were considered good fish catchers. It was thought that the seal image would aid the fishermen.
Claire Fejes, Fairbanks, Alaska
Click on photo for larger picture