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Harpoon

unaaq “harpoon”
Язык: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

The hunter himself, he gave respect to the animal he hunted with a design… He put it on his hunting tools of any kind. Their belief is written right there.

—Jacob Ahwinona, 2001

This heavy harpoon for bearded seals and walrus has a toggling head designed to turn and hold fast beneath the animal’s skin. Behind the toggling head its slender foreshaft is a carved bone socketpiece bearing the image of a polar bear, invoking the spirit of one of the Arctic’s most sacred and respected animals. An ice pick is attached to the other end of the weapon.

Культура: Iñupiaq
Регион: Sledge Island, Alaska
Категрия предмета: Hunting
Размеры: Length: 173.0cm
Дата поступления: 1880
Источник: Edward W. Nelson (donor)
Музей: Национальный музей естественной истории
Идентификационный номер музея: E045415