Arrows and harpoons for hunting walruses. Aleuts. Northern West America. Late 19th century.
Aleut people usually settled on the islands (Aleutian Islands) and sea area. The basis of their existence was sea foods – fish and sea mammals (whales, walruses, seals and fur seals). For hunting the mammals they used primitive tools such as bone or wooden arrows, darts and harpoons. The most important hunting object was a walrus. Walrus’s tusks were of a great value. Walruses were hunting from April to October. In spring people hunted on ice floe, in summer and autumn - in the water or at a breeding-grounds. Hunting in the water the Aleuts used a harpoon with turning pike with the float made of earless seal blow up hide. Such an implement prevented wounded animal from drowning.