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Seal club

saj “club”
Language: Haida

[Wolf Rock] is a seal rookery.... It is on the edge of the outlet where the rocks are flat that the stragglers would be speared and clubbed to death by the hunters. No guns were used in the old days.

—Robert Cogo, from “Remembering the Past,” 1983

Hunters used heavy hardwood clubs like this one, carved in a sea lion design, were to kill seals at their rookeries or to strike them in the water after they had been speared.

Culture: Haida
Region: Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Length 63cm
Accession Date: 1908
Source: Charles F. Newcombe (collector)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 019369.000