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Dart

unaaq “harpoon, spear”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

Also called:
nauliġaq “seal harpoon”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

Aapaga qauriuraġama unaaqpauraqaġuuŋaruaq tainna. (My father had this kind of harpoon for as long as I can remember.)

—Kenneth Toovak, 2002

Seal darts are light weapons that can be thrown long distances with the aid of a throwing board. The barbed point sticks in the seal but the rest of the weapon comes loose and trails behind the swimming animal, hindering its escape.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Arctic Slope, Alaska
Village: Point Barrow
Object Category: Hunting
Object Type: Dart
Accession Date: 1920
Source: Long Island Historical Society
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 103540.000