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Fish spear head

a kádi “head of spear”
Language: Lingít

Also called:
dlagwáa “fish spear”
Language: Lingít

By and by the salmon season came. The people there had copper-pointed salmon spears (kat) with handles of fine, thin wood, but the water was so muddy that they could spear only by means of the ripple marks, and often got but one or two a day.

—From the story Kakē´qtê, told by Katashan, in “Tlingit Myths and Legends,” 1909

This head for a fishing spear has three prongs tipped with metal points. It may have been used for spearing salmon in shallow streams or for taking trout through holes in the ice of frozen lakes.

Culture: Tlingit
Region: Southeast Alaska
Village: Sitka
Object Category: Fishing
Dimensions: Length 42.5cm
Accession Date: 1875
Source: James G. Swan (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E018933