- Museum number
Atlatl, throwing stick, spear-thrower made of wood and ivory. Unusual design - triangular in outline and very short - with two sockets for fingers and short groove ending with an ivory spur.
Length: 14.50 centimetres
Width: 11 centimetres
Depth: 2.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
From acquisition "Santa Barbara".
Heizer asserts the design of the atlatl bears similarities, though considerably shortened, to a type used in the Lake Pattzcuaro region of Mexico. As Santa Barbara was under Spanish and Mexican influence for 250 years prior to Vancouver's voyage, he felt this was an historical introduction rather than a pre-contact development of the Chumash population. Hudson and Blackburn reveal there are no recorded details of Chumashan atlatl use, either archaeologically or ethnographically, and treat this example, along with two of Aleutian type found on Santa Rosa Island, as historical/miscelaneous introductions. A highly decorated atlatl, dredged up from the Skagit River in the 1950s and dated to the Marpole phase of the Northwest Coast archaeological record, also bears two finger sockets similarly positioned (Fladmark et al (1987)).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1986-1987 12 Jun-4 Jan, The Vancouver Museum, Captain George Vancouver: A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World, 1791-1795
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collected on George Vancouver's voyage to Hawaii and the NW coast of North America 1791-1795.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1891C25.107 (old CDMS no.)