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Dart

naulik “spear, harpoon”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

You either hit them with that long point or if not, [the bird] will get hit over here [the barbed prongs near the back]. You have to thrust it the right way, using a nauliġaun [throwing board].

—Oscar Koutchak, 2001

Bird hunting weapons included multi-pronged darts propelled with a throwing board. Kayak hunters used them to kill ducks and geese, especially in the summer when the molting birds float on the water and are unable to fly. Darts killed birds with their sharp central points or entangled wings and necks with their barbed side-prongs.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Village: Unalakleet
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Length: 153.5cm
Accession Date: 1879
Source: Edward W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E036078