Prehistoric Inuit discovered that fleas and lice could be attracted to animal fur.  A tuft of fur on a stick could be handled and probed into clothing and bedding, attracting insects.  In addition to being a public health "tool", the tuft of fur with a loop attached becomes an artistic ornament.  Polar bear hair makes a beautiful artistic object, but other animal furs can be used.
John Jamieson
Mary Kavik, Caroline Iqaluk

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