Gwich'in Name

  • Teetł’it Gwich’in Name:

    Vał thòh
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  • Gwichya Gwich’in Name:

    Vał thòh
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  • Vuntut Gwitchin Name:

    Dinjik vał dhòh
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“From caribou [or moose] leg skins, they made a long sled. The skins are slippery, and even when it is loaded, pulling [the sled] was easy. This is what they used for travelling and hunting.” Paul Bonnetplume, Teetł’it Gwich’in Elder, ca. 1970
(“Life in the Yukon”)

Catalogue Data

Materials: moose-leg skin
Dimensions: L. approx. 120 cm
Date: 1930s
Made by: a member of the Tizya family, Old Crow, Yukon
Collected by: Asen Balikci, Old Crow, Yukon, summer 1961
Catalogue Number: CMCC VI-I-66

Manufacture and Use

  • About the Artifact

    “Skin toboggan. Made of moose skin, from the lower part of the limbs. The hair is oriented in one direction, to...

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  • About the Collector

    Anthropologist-filmmaker Asen Balikci was on the staff of the National Museum of Canada (now the Canadian Museum of...

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