Alaska Native Collections – Sharing Knowledge



nagiiquyaq “spear used with a throwing board”
Язык: Central Yup'ik

Kuigni taugaam atulallruit malirqaqaameng augkuni river, angtuani. Unani-ll’ imarpigmi-ll’ atulaqait. (They would use these on larger rivers when they pursued game. They also used them in the ocean.)

—John Phillip, Sr., 2002

The seal dart is a sophisticated tool. Feathers stabilize it in flight, like an arrow. The barbed point fits into a bone or ivory socket piece that adds weight for longer throws and increases the impact of a strike, punching the point through skin, blubber, and bone. Once inside the seal the point disconnects but remains tied to the dart, which floats above and reveals the animal’s location. Some hunters on the lower Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers still use this method because seals shot with a gun can easily sink and be lost, especially in fresh water.

Культура: Yup’ik
Регион: Nunivak Island, Alaska
Категрия предмета: Hunting
Размеры: длина 121cm
Дата поступления: 1874
Источник: W. H. Dall (collector)
Музей: Национальный музей естественной истории
Идентификационный номер музея: E015677