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FROM CARD: "A PAIR OF ALEUT BOOTS IS SO NUMBERED. 1 ILLUS. IN PROCEEDINGS, USNM, VOL. 60; PL. 25, NO. 11; P. 48.Source of the information below: Inuvialuit Pitqusiit Inuuniarutait: Inuvialuit Living History, The MacFarlane Collection website, by the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre (ICRC), Inuvik, N.W.T., Canada (website credits here ), entry on this artifact , retrieved 12-30-2019: Harpoon heads made from ivory and antler with iron blades that are held in place with iron rivets. The body of one of the harpoon heads has a paired barbs and in addition has a barbed iron blade set into a slot at its end. of the barbed harpoon head has a single pair of barbs. Another of the harpoon heads lacks barbs, but has an iron blade with two pairs of barbs. Each of the harpoon heads has a line hole running though the body in the same plane as the blade, and a single spur. More information here: Harpoons are used for hunting sea mammals such as seals and whales. They have a point, or 'head', that separates from the rest of the harpoon and remains attached to the quarry. A line running from the harpoon head is held by the hunter or attached to a float, allowing the animal or fish to be retrieved. Thrusting harpoons, used for hunting seals at breathing holes on the sea ice, generally have long foreshafts that swivel inside a socket piece attached to the harpoon shaft in order to release the harpoon head. Throwing harpoons used for hunting seals and whales in open water normally have foreshafts that are more securely fixed to the harpoon shaft. Both types are found in the MacFarlane Collection.

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