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LOOKING BOTH WAYS: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People of Southern Alaska

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IMAGE
Harpoons: Barbed harpoon, toggling harpoon, slate point, net sinker (left to right).

LOCATION: Uyak archaeological site, Kodiak Island, A.D. 600-1000 and Old Karluk archaeological site, Kodiak Island, A.D. 600-1000

REFERENCE: Alutiiq Museum, Larsen Bay Collection and Koniag, Inc. Collection (harpoon, far left UA88-78-24-14; harpoon, middle left UA88-78-1376; point UA88-78-2405; net sinker UA85-209/5298)

DIMENSIONS: harpoon, far left, 10 cm long; harpoon, middle left, 6.5 cm long; point 7 cm long; net sinker, 4 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
About 3,500 years ago, ancestors of the Alutiit began making nets to catch fish. The nets had stone sinkers along the bottom, like the one shown here (far right). The other artifacts were parts of hunting weapons.


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