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spear / fish-spear

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Salmon spear (part of), fish-spear (part of), spear-head; carved of bone; three pieces of bone carved with barbs on either side, attached to handle carved of wood with twisted sinew cord.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1850s (before)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36 centimetres
    • Width: 9.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 3.25 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Capatain Richard Collinson (1811-83) was the commander of the Enterprise (1850-55) there are other collections from him in the Hancock Museum. PAT 2/10/00W. Parker Snow 1858: '276. Salmon Spear, three pronged and barbed at the sides; from Cambridge Bay; by Captain Collinson, C.B.' Register: '303. Salmon Spear; bone prongs barbed on both edges & lashed with sinew cord to wooden shaft which is cut off. L. 14 in.' Jenness 1946 pp. 111-112 describes both the trident, this fish spear, and the leister. The difference is that the trident has 'no prongs on the side pieces, which were made entirely of antler, pointed and barbed like the point in the middle'. The trident was preferred for migrating salmon at weirs on streams, but generally the weapon nearest to hand was used. Jenness' 'Arctic odyssey' 1991 p. 475 illustrates a drawing of a trident 'nujakpuk' belonging to Ikpukkuaq (JCHK 13.1.12)


  • Bibliography

    • Burch 1988 p.63 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    1987-1990 3 Dec-1 Jul, Museum of Mankind, Room 3; Living Arctic: Hunters of the Canadian North
    1984 13 Dec-1986 Jun, Museum of Mankind, Inuit / Eskimo: People of the North American Arctic, Case: "Hunting"

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


Salmon spear (part of), fish-spear (part of), spear-head made of bone, wood, sinew.

Salmon spear (part of), fish-spear (part of), spear-head made of bone, wood, sinew.

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