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

Introduction
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Alutiiq Villages
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Ancestors
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Our Way of Living
Our Beliefs
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IMAGE
Harpoon:

LOCATION: Prince William Sound, 1887-1893

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 168625)

DIMENSIONS: 25 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
Until the early 1900s, Alutiiq hunters used harpoons to kill seals and sea lions. This heavy bone harpoon has a sharp blade made of polished stone. It was placed on the end of a long wooden shaft (not shown). The shape of the harpoon made it twist beneath the skin of the animal so it would not pull out.


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