Net Floats Net Floats in the form of Birds and Animals Inupiat Wood and Wood & Ivory 3”-5” High c. 1860-1900 Six examples of wooden floats used to keep the hide & sinew nets utilized in seal trapping buoyant and active. These floats would have multiple purposes: the buoyant floats would keep the nets shaped in a manner that accommodated a correctly open orientation, allowing the animal to fit within it. They also provide resistive drag to the net, making escape more difficult. In the second example, the ivory toggle pieces attached to the wooden floats would click together, creating sounds to attract the curious seals. Most importantly, the images of the seals themselves provide spiritual communion with the hunted animal, encouraging its approach, and suggesting a harmonic seal-human life cycle.