Objects
Heavy harpoon for hunting whales
Heavy harpoon for hunting whales
Number
МАЭ № 2868-195
Title
Heavy harpoon for hunting whales
Ethnicity
Kodiak Eskimos
Collectors-person
Material
wood, bone, urinary bladder, iron, paint
Dimensions
length 262.5 cm, diameter of the shaft 3.2 cm, length of the bladder with its plug 47 cm, width of the bladder 14 cm
Annotation
“The shooters (hunters) traveling in single-hatched kayaks, would select yearling whales because their meat and carcass (fat—S.K.) would be more tender and tasty. When they spotted such a whale they would get no closer than three sazhens to it, trying to launch a harpoon under its side blade, which is what they call a flipper here, and then try to get away from it as quickly and carefully as possible so that the whale does not hit the hunter when making its dive or the wave caused by its dive does not overturn his kayak. If the harpoon does not hit the side flipper, he throws a harpoon under the back flipper or under the tail. The whale dives when it is wounded. When a harpoon hits its mark a whale will die in three days” (Gedeon 1994: 84).
Corpus
Ethnography of America
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