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

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IMAGE
Throwing Board: Nuqaq / Throwing board.

LOCATION: Kodiak Island or Prince William Sound, 1867

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (both NMNH 2533)

DIMENSIONS: 48 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
Sea otter and seal hunters used throwing boards to send their darts (harpoons) farther and with more force. The hand grip, seen on the right in the top photograph, has a carved place for each finger. The design on the back of this nuqaq (bottom photo) shows the feet and tail of a sea otter.


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