For this week of Native American Heritage Month we’re talking about tule ducks. Tule ducks are Nevada’s state artifact and have been made by Native peoples in the Great Basin for thousands of years. Traditionally, the decoys were covered in duck skins (left), so they’re more lifelike. However, modern artisans generally leave the ducks’ bodies uncovered and fashion beaks from tule.
Decoy C was made by Ivan George c. 1969, I was made by Wuzzie George in the same year, and F was made by Martin George.