Blade points of harpoons for hunting whales (kalugiat) No. 2888—1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -8, -9, -12 (from left to right). Collector: I. G. Voznesenskii. 1842—1843, Kodiak Island. Kodiak Eskimos.

Blade points of harpoons for hunting whales (kalugiat) No. 2888—1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -8, -9, -12 (from left to right). Collector: I. G. Voznesenskii. 1842—1843, Kodiak Island
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Blade points of harpoons for hunting whales (kalugiat) No. 2888—1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -8, -9, -12 (from left to right). Collector: I. G. Voznesenskii. 1842—1843, Kodiak Island
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Commentation:
Material: slate. Dimensions: No. 2888—1: length 32 cm, width 2.5 cm No. 2888—2: length 30 cm, width 2 cm No. 2888—3: length 30 cm, width 2.1 cm No. 2888—4: length 32.5 cm, width 2.9 cm No. 2888—5: length 25 cm, width 2.6 cm No. 2888—6: length 39.6 cm, width 2.6 cm No. 2888—8: length 25.6 cm, width 2.5 cm No. 2888—9: length 25.2 cm, width 2.5 cm No. 2888—12: length 26.4 cm, width 3 cm “The darts used for killing these animals (whales—S. Korsun.) are very specialized. A slate spear 3.5 to 4.5 vershoks (a vershok is 1 ¾ inches or 4.4 centimeters in length) long is attached to a small shaft which is placed in a long pole and not fastened to it in any way. . . . Each participant in the whale hunt has his own special sign on his slate spear which is used to determine who killed the whale.” (Davydov 1812: 198—200).
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