Caribou hide, eagle feathers, porcupine quills, sinew; L 71 cm
Before firearms were widely available, a Dena’ina man almost always had a bow and arrows that were carried in a quiver wherever he went. The bow was his main weapon for hunting and self-defense. Because every man had his own quiver, he would want to personalize it. This usually meant decorating it with feathers and porcupine quills or beads, and drawings made with red ochre paint.
Collection: National Museum of Denmark, Ethnographic Collection, Hb117
Image: © Arnold Mikkelsen/The National Museum of Denmark