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Throwing board

haasxux^ “throwing board”
Язык: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

So your spear is there and if it’s a long one you hang on to it and then flip it and then the force from here [the throwing board] is speeding through your spear to the animal.

—Vlass Shabolin, 2003

A throwing board was used for launching sea otter, seal, and bird darts (spears). The dart rested in a groove on the board’s upper side, hooked on its end by an ivory peg and held in place by the hunter’s forefinger. During the throw the dart lifted and shot forward, with the board catapulting it from behind. One side of the board is painted red, to attract sea otters; the other is black, representing the animal’s fur. When a hunter struck an otter he held the board high to signal his success to others in the hunt.

Культура: Unangax (Aleut)
Регион: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Категрия предмета: Hunting
Размеры: длина 49cm
Источник: US Fish Commission (collector)
Музей: Национальный музей американских индейцев
Идентификационный номер музея: 020373.000