Caribou Skin with Ground Squirrel Sinew Snares

Caribou Skin with Ground Squirrel Sinew Snares

From the collection of the Alaska Native Heritage Center.  In the fall time the Nondalton Dena'ina people used to go to the mountains and trap squirrels for food.  The furs were used to make parkas, inner lining for winter gear or mittens.  The snare is set outside the squirrel hole; a stick is tied to the sinew string.  When the squirrel comes out and walks into the snare the stick snaps and pulls tight.