Light harpoons for hunting otters No. 2888—56, -57, -58, -59, -60, shaft No. 2888—61 (from left to right). Collector: I. I. Billings. 1790-1792, Kodiak Island. Kodiak Eskimos.

Light harpoons for hunting otters No. 2888—56, -57, -58, -59, -60, shaft No. 2888—61 (from left to right). Collector: I. I. Billings. 1790-1792, Kodiak Island
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Light harpoons for hunting otters No. 2888—56, -57, -58, -59, -60, shaft No. 2888—61 (from left to right). Collector: I. I. Billings. 1790-1792, Kodiak Island
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Commentation:
Material: wood, paint, leather, caribou antler, bone, feather, sinew. Dimensions: No. 2888—56: length 120.5 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 19.5 cm, length of the point 3.9 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.6 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.4 cm. No. 2888—57: length 126.5 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 23.5 cm, length of the point 5.6 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.7 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.4 cm. No. 2888—58: length 120.3 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 24 cm, length of the point 4.8 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.6 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.2 cm No. 2888—59: length 122 cm, length from the top of the shaft to the wrapping 16 cm, length of the point 6.2 cm, diameter at the top of the shaft 1.9 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.5 cm. No. 2888—60: length 125.8 cm, length of the top of the shaft 29.3 cm, diameter of the top of the shaft 1.6 cm, length of the shaft 99 cm, diameter of the shaft 1.6 cm, length of the point 5.4 cm. No. 2888—61: length 97.5 cm, diameter 1.4 cms “Whenever one hit an otter, the rope or cord holding the harpoon would break off and another would launch a harpoon and when the animal was dead they would measure the length of the cord and from that determine to whom the animal pelt should belong. If several men hit it at the same time the pelt would go to the one whose harpoon was closest to the tail if the animal was wounded on the top; if it was hit on the stomach side it would go to the one who had struck it nearest the throat. No one complained about these decisions which served as the law among the hunters.” (Davydov 1812: 185)
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