IMAGE Hunting Tools: Slate lance point and wooden case, barbed harpoon for sealing, harpoon head for salmon fishing (left to right).
LOCATION: Settlement Point archaeological site, Afognak Island, A.D. 1400-1600 and Karluk 1 archaeological site, Kodiak Island, A.D. 1400-1750
REFERENCE: Alutiiq Museum, Afognak Native Corporation Collection and Koniag, Inc. Collection (lance point AM33-94-138; lance case AM14.193:38 & 39; barbed harpoon UA85-193:5628; salmon harpoon AM***********)
DIMENSIONS: lance point 14.5 cm long; lance case 16 cm long; barbed harpoon 11.5 cm long; salmon harpoon 6.5 cm long.
About 900 years ago, people on Kodiak Island began to harvest more salmon. In addition to nets, they used small harpoons to spear the fish. Sea mammals, hunted with harpoons and lances, were still important foods.