Light Harpoons for Hunting Otters (piitu-dak) No. 2888—37, -38, -39, -40, -41, -42, -43, -44, -45, -46, -47, -48 (from left to right). Collector: I. G. Voznesenskii. 1842—1843, Kodiak Island. Kodiak Eskimos.

Light Harpoons for Hunting Otters (piitu-dak) No. 2888—37, -38, -39, -40, -41, -42, -43, -44, -45, -46, -47, -48 (from left to right). Collector: I. G. Voznesenskii. 1842—1843, Kodiak Island
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Light Harpoons for Hunting Otters (piitu-dak) No. 2888—37, -38, -39, -40, -41, -42, -43, -44, -45, -46, -47, -48 (from left to right). Collector: I. G. Voznesenskii. 1842—1843, Kodiak Island
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Commentation:
Material: wood, paint, leather, caribou antler, bone, feather, sinew. Dimensions: No. 2888—37, length 121.4 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 17.2 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.8 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.7 cm. No. 2888—38, length 118.5 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 16 cm, length of the point 7.3 cm, width of the point 1.7 cm, diameter of the top of the shaft 1.7 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.5 cm. No. 2888—39: length 122.5 cm; length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 18 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.7 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.7 cm No. 2888—40: length 120.5 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 18 cm, diameter at the head of the shaft 1.9 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.6 cm No. 2888—41: length 121.6 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 21.5 cm, length of the point 4.5 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.6 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.5 cm No. 2888-42: length 118.5 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 17.3 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.8 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.5 cm No. 2888—43: length 123.5 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 19.3 cm, length of the point 4.4 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.8 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.6 cm. No. 2888—44: length 122.5 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 17.3 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.9 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.7 cm No. 2888—45: length 119.8 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 18.5 cm, length of the tip 5.3 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.6 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.6 cm No. 2888—46: length 125.6 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 16 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.8 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.5 cm No. 2888—47: length 122.5 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 18.5 cm, length of the tip 4.2 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.9 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.7 cm No. 2888—48: length 121.5 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 18 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.7 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.6 cm, length of the point 5 cm Their primary weapons were harpoons which they would shoot very accurately, almost never missing. When they spotted a beaver (otter.—S. Korsun.) at sea they would quickly rush towards it and surround it with kayaks and begin to shoot harpoons at it; they would not allow it to swim outside of the circle formed by the kayaks. The otter would dive but since it is not able to survive under water without air, it would continually raise its head out of the water and scream like a baby. The Aleuts would chase it until it was completely worn out from loss of blood and it would turn over on its back and its entire body would be on top of the water. Then the Aleuts would paddle over to it, throw it on top of a kayak and determine in their own special way to whom it would belong” (Markov 1856: 97).
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