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naulik “spear, harpoon”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Also called:
unaaq “spear, harpoon”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

A heavy harpoon for bearded seals, beluga whales, and walrus, with a toggling head that penetrated the animal and then turned sideways so it would not pull out. Even after hunters switched to guns, they used harpoons to fasten lines to wounded animals.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Northwest Alaska
Object Category: Hunting
Object Type: Harpoon
Dimensions: Length 168cm
Accession Date: 1892
Source: J. H. Turner (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E153727