Alaska Native Collections – Sharing Knowledge



iglax^ “dart, spear”
Язык: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

If they threw it to a bird…the bird’s neck got stuck in the three prongs.

—Mary Bourdukofsky, 2003

Kayak hunters carried darts for catching seabirds, and threw them with the aid of a board. The weapon has a serrated bone point for striking birds and side prongs to hook their necks and wings. Red paint made from volcanic minerals and blood was used to color hunting weapons, as seen on the shaft of this dart, because the color was believed to attract game. Dart shafts were made of cedar wood, which drifts ashore in the islands, because it is very light but strong.

Культура: Unangax (Aleut)
Регион: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Категрия предмета: Hunting
Размеры: Length 145.5cm
Дата поступления: 1925
Источник: Frederick W. Skiff (seller)
Музей: Национальный музей американских индейцев
Идентификационный номер музея: 138594.000