The Testimony of Hands


42.8.81, bolas of ivory, sinew, and bird quills
Alaskan Arctic
Frank Hibben collection
Photograph by B. Bernard

"Bolas" is the Gaucho name for this unusual hunting weapon, made of weights connected by cord. When thrown properly, the weights twirl about each other as they move forward, then tangle themselves about the targeted animal. In the Artic they were used for hunting wild fowl. The next two photographs show details of the bolas.

Photographs by B. Bernard

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