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Bird Amulets for Game, Thule Culture (200BC - 1600AD)

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Meteghlluwaaghet - Bird Amulets for Game
Thule Culture (200BC - 1600AD)
Fossil Ivory
.5" high x 1.75" long x .5" deep (largest bird)

These ivory bird carvings are pieces for a game that was traditionally played all across the Arctic. Bird figures found in archaeological sites show that the game spread across northern Alaska, Canada, and Greenland about a thousand years ago, carried by migrating Thule ancestors of the modern Inuit. Some birds land upright when tossed onto the ground, while others tip over onto their sides. Different species of ducks or geese are indicated by the shapes of the birds’ heads and the markings on their backs.