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

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Whaling Darts: Ulukahs˙t / Whaling dart blades.

LOCATION: Karluk (Kallut), Kodiak Island, 1885-1886

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (both NMNH 127759)

DIMENSIONS: top 25 cm long; bottom 19 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
Alutiiq whalers coated the stone blades of their weapons with a poison made from the root of the monkshood plant. The poison was not strong enough to kill a whale directly, but could paralyze its tail or flipper and cause the animal to drown. When a dead whale was found, often two or three days later, markings on the blade identified the hunter who had made the kill.


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