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Bird dart

nuusaarpak “large bird spear”
Язык: Central Yup'ik

Also called:
nuusaaq “bird spear with three points”
Язык: Central Yup'ik

These are for spearing birds.... They say they would spear them when they had no shotguns. They used them when there were many of those king eider ducks flying in a big flock.

—Neva Rivers, 2002

This bird dart has a long barbed point as well as side prongs designed to ensnare flying or floating ducks by the neck or wing. The weapon could be thrown directly at a target or side-armed to skip it across the waves. When launched into a flock, it could take several birds at one time.

Культура: Yup’ik
Регион: Southwest Alaska
Категрия предмета: Hunting
Размеры: длина 148cm
Дата поступления: 1964
Источник: Marion Eppley (donor)
Музей: Национальный музей американских индейцев
Идентификационный номер музея: 233931.000