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Harpoon head

naulaq “harpoon point, harpoon head”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

Each man has a mark for his hunting equipment.

—Ron Brower, 2002

This ivory harpoon head was for killing bearded seals and walrus. The head fit on the end of a hand-cast harpoon and the leather strap connected to a long retrieving line. The fine red lines drawn on the harpoon head are the owner’s personal design.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Alaska
Object Category: Hunting
Object Type: Harpoon
Dimensions: Length 46cm
Accession Date: 1883
Source: Lt. P. H. Ray (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E089765