Wood, metal, feathers, sinew, blue pigment, bone, ochre; L 66 cm
Arrows were the principal weapon for taking game. The shafts of various lengths were made from cedar driftwood, spruce or birch and were fletched with the feathers of eagles or other raptors such as hawks. Before contact with Europeans, the arrow points were made of stone, bone, antler or, more rarely, copper. Post-contact, use of metal points became more common. When these arrows were collected in 1883 from Tyonek, the Dena’ina were already moving toward using guns as the primary weapon for hunting big game animals.
Collection: Ethnological Museum Berlin, IVA 6082-6086, 6088-6090, 6092
Image: © Chris Arend/Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnologisches Museum