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Throwing board

nukaq “throwing board”
Язык: Koniag Sugpiaq (Kodiak Island dialect)

My dad [hunted] sea otters in a kayak. They’d go out to that island, way out there, in springtime, and they be out there, a bunch of them, sometimes ten kayaks.

—Larry Matfay, 1997

A throwing board extended a hunter’s arm, adding extra leverage as he hurled hunting darts through the air toward seals, birds, and sea otters. The grip was custom-carved to fit his palm and fingers. Before it was thrown the dart rested in the groove on the front side of the board; when it was launched the back end of the dart pivoted on the ivory pin. A design carved on the back of the throwing board shows the hind feet and tail of a sea otter.

Культура: Sugpiaq (Alutiiq)
Регион: Kodiak Island, Alaska
Категрия предмета: Hunting
Размеры: Length 48cm
Дата поступления: 1867
Музей: Национальный музей естественной истории
Идентификационный номер музея: E002533