Harpoon head

This tool was made for the hunting of ocean mammals. The origin of the toggle harpoon is complex and extremely old. It consists of two pieces of bone joined together that would have once held a pointed slate, shell or later an iron blade. The cord is made from animal sinew bound with bark.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Tools for farm and craft
Common Name
harpoon head
Simple Name
harpoon head
Full Name
harpoon head and line
whole, as bundle diameter 175 mm; head length 75 mm
Cultural Group
Nuu-chah-nulth Nation
Production Parish
Ditidaht band
Production Town
west coast of Vancouver Island
Production County
British Columbia
Production Country
Production Area Region
North America
Production Continent
North America
Family Group

bone; sinew; vegetable fibre; bark
Function Name
Function Detail
for seal, sea mammal or porpoise hunting
Collection Area Region
Collection Continent

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