- Museum number
Throwing-stick, spear-thrower, atlatl made of wood (spruce?), ivory. Rectangular in outline, flat, triangular in section, the handle is subtly carved to accommodate the palm with three scallops removed from the edge for finger grips. A short, shallowly fluted spear groove is terminated by an ivory spur. This surface is coloured red, as are parts of the handle and the index finger socket, cut into the atlatl off centre. The back is coloured black and much faded.
- Production date
- 1868 (Before)
Length: 48 centimetres
Thickness: 1.50 centimetres
Width: 4.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- "Howard, W. A., Capt. U. S. R. M.
[Report of cruise of revenue steamer Lincoln to Sitka and the Russian provinces in America. 1868.] (in: Message from the President tranmitting correspondence in relation to Russian America. pp. 189-61. 8° (40th Cong., 2d sess., House ex. doc. 177, in v. 13.))"
Extracted from the University of Minnesota's index of government publications: .
This ties in with the details inked directly onto the atlatl: "Capt. Howard USRM 5774(Smithsonian catalogue number) NW Coast Sitka", thus dating the atlatl to pre-1868, possibly to the period of Russian ownership of Alaska and giving the most likely collection site as Sitka.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1891C2.4944 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: 5774 (Smithsonian collection number)