Objects
Light harpoons for hunting otter, first half of 19th century
Light harpoons for hunting otter, first half of 19th century
Number
МАЭ № 2888-76
Title
Light harpoons for hunting otter
Ethnicity
Kodiak Eskimos
Date
first half of 19th century
Collectors-person
Unknown
Material
wood, paint, ivory, seal sinew, bald eagle feather, caribou antler
Dimensions
length 125.5 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 18 cm, length of the tip 4.9 cm, diameter of the top of the shaft 1.7 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.6 cm
Annotation
Eagle feathers are affixed to the lower part of the harpoons to ensure the proper flight trajectory. Yu. F. Lisianskii noted: “By the way, I was surprised by an eagle that flew into the barabora after the sun had gone down and sat by the fire. They said that he had learned, no matter where they were located, to recognize their kayaks when they were returning with their catch of fish, and then would fly home. The inhabitants of Kodiak kept these birds solely for they feathers which they used for all kinds of arrows” (Lisianskii 1947: 172—173).
Corpus
Ethnography of America
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