Caribou antler, stone, caribou hide; L 60 cm
Dena’ina war parties were led by particularly skillful and powerful warriors known as ezhge’en, which Billy Pete translated as “heroes” or “champions.” They wielded clubs of caribou antler which were soaked in oil to add strength and weight. Den’aina traditional narratives include factual histories of wars waged with other Dena’ina groups, with the neighboring Yupiit, the Alutiit and the Russians. These stories provide a perspective on the history of the region that was once the exclusive and vigorously defended homeland of Alaska’s most populous group of Athabascans.
Collection: The National Museum of Denmark, Ethnographic Collection, Hb106a and H840
Image: © Arnold Mikkelsen/The National Museum of Denmark