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Sinker

kayux^tax^ “sinker”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut, Atkan and Attuan dialects)

You have to put it [halibut hook] down and you have the weights on it, big weights.

—Mary Bourdukofsky, 2003

Stone fishing sinkers were made from beach cobbles. A line groove was pecked around the sinker by hitting it with a hard, pointed rock.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Fox Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Fishing
Dimensions: Length 15cm
Accession Date: 1938
Source: Ales F. Hrdlicka (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: A395768A