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Spear-thrower

Museum number:
2-3014
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Accession number:
Acc.26
Object count:
1
Description:
Spear thrower. “the natives are very expert and will hit a silver dollar at over a hundred feet. If the point of the spear misses the bird the sharp points nearer the hand are very apt to catch in the wings. This was made and owned by the old chief. The ivory forming the spear point- and on the staff- is from the jawbone of a whale and secured by walrus thongs. The wood is driftwood presumably from the Yukon River. The driver [spear thrower] is made from driftwood and shaped to fit the hand.” Copied from Cushing’s notebook.
Donor:
Phoebe Apperson Hearst
Collection place:
Great Diomede Island, Siberia, Russia
Verbatim coll. place:
Alaska
Culture or time period:
Alaskan Eskimo
Collector:
H. H. Cushing
Collection date:
1901
Taxon:
Cetacea and Odobenus rosmarus
Object type:
ethnography
Accession date:
December 16, 1902
Department:
Cat. 2 - North America (except Mexico and Central America)
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