From card: "With cord."
Source of the information below: Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska Native Collections: Sharing Knowledge website, by Aron Crowell, entry on this artifact http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=707, retrieved 5-15-2014: Bow Some early Western observers in the Aleutian Islands, such as Tolstykh in 1764 and Merck in 1790, believed that the bow and arrow were unknown to the people and that all hunting was done with darts and harpoons. Others, such as Cook in 1778 and Veniaminov in 1823-34, observed that bows were used for hunting land animals and birds, as well as for warfare. Elders remember that wooden bows like this one, reinforced with sinew, were occasionally used even in the 20th century for bird hunting. From Elders' discussions of the hat in 2003 (see web page cited above for the full entries) with Mary N. Bourdukofsky, Vlass Shabolin, Maria Turnpaugh and Daria Dirks (Tanadgusix Foundation) at the National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the American Indian, 4/07/2003-4/11/2003. Also participating: Aron Crowell and Bill Fitzhugh (NMNH) and Suzi Jones (AMHA). When [my father] ran out of [shotgun shells] he used a little bow and arrow like that, "just for emergencies," he used to say. - Mary Bourdukofsky