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Float board

acaluq “float board”
Language: Central Yup'ik

A float board rode on the forward deck of a kayak, ready for use when the hunter struck a seal with his harpoon. The board was then thrown overboard to drag behind the wounded animal. A leather line connected the float board to the harpoon point and lay coiled on top of the device when not in use. Cut-out shapes in the wood represent the full, half, and crescent stages of the moon.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Southwest Alaska
Object Category: Boats
Dimensions: Length: 63.0cm
Accession Date: 1991
Source: n/a
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: ET14611