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600 – 900 AD
Sizes: 16cm wide – 6¼ ins wide (min) – 31.5cm wide – 12½ ins wide (max)
In 1877 E W Nelson studied the Bering Sea Eskimos for the Smithsonian Institute and came to understand the importance of sleds and dog teams to the Eskimo: '..... without dogs the larger portion of the great Eskimo family..... would find it impossible to exist in its chosen home..... in winter the hunter is accompanied by his sledge and dogs on every important hunt..... they haul the sledges laden with household goods and children when a change of abode becomes necessary....'