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Nootka

Arrow case made of wood with a deep lid.

Arrow case

wood, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 98.5 cm (container),103.8 cm (lid), Inv. Am 686, 687

Three short arrows made of fir wood, and a bone point with barbs cut out on one side. The shaft ends are wrapped with cherry bark strips and split feather quills.

Arrows tsee’hatte

wood, bone, cherry bark, feather quills, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 78.1–82.2 cm, Inv. Am 626–628

Bark beater made of a piece of whalebone, the head is trapeze-shaped and the end of the flat grip is wide and notched like a fishtail.

Bark beater ees’ee

whalebone, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 26.6 cm, w. 4.5 cm, h. 6 cm, Inv. Am 620

Bow made of yew wood, narrow in the middle and ends.

Bow moostatte

wood, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 129 cm, w. 4.8 cm (middle), d. 1.8 cm, Inv. Am 619

U-shaped wooden hook made with whale sinew and an inward pointing barbed bone tied to the hook with root splits.

Halibut hook cheemaine

wood, bone, spruce root splints, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 12.7 cm, w. 6.1 cm, Inv. Am 618

A harpoon point made of a concave piece of mussel shell, cemented between two pieces of pointed bone, with thick, twisted cord affixed to the underneath of the shell tip.

Harpoon point hooks ‘quaboolshtl

mussel shell, bone, animal sinew, bark, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 13 cm (harpoon), 99 cm (cord), Inv. Am 663

Left image: Harpoon point or fish spear made of possibly whalebone, with ten barbs on one side. Right image:  Also a harpoon point made of whalebone, with only one barb.

Harpoon point kaheita

Harpoon point kaheita, bone, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 33.5 cm, Inv. Am 643 (left)

Model of a canoe made of wood with a beak like bow and steeply raised stem, replicating the Nootka dugout canoes that were thirteen metres long.

Model of a boat

wood, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 32 cm, w. 6.8 cm, h. 4.4 cm, Inv. Am 831