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Lance head and sheath

qalugyaq, qisran “harpoon head; lance point,” “harpoon-blade sheath”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Imarpiim unguvalriarinitamakunek makut maa-i kapurrcuutekngatait. (Those animals of the ocean, these here are tools to stab them.)

—John Phillip, Sr., 2002

Using a lance with detachable heads, a hunter could repeatedly stab a beluga whale, walrus, or seal, attaching a new head for each thrust. This head has a short wooden shaft, a bone tip, and a sharp stone blade made of polished slate. Lance heads were kept in protective wooden sheaths.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Nunivak Island, Alaska
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Length: 29.0cm
Accession Date: 1874
Source: William H. Dall (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E016103