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Dart

iglax^ “dart, spear”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

An inflated seal stomach is attached to this dart for hunting seals. A kayak hunter would throw the weapon with his throwing board, and the balloon-like float made it very difficult for a seal to dive or swim away after it had been hit.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Hunting
Object Type: Dart
Dimensions: Length 124cm
Source: F.W. Skiff Collection
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 138596.000