Float board - NS42423_1

NS42423_1

Float board

Maker: Inuit
Medium:Wood
Geography: Alaska, USA
Object number: NS42423
Not on view
DescriptionThis is a float board that was part of the kayak-hunting equipment of the Bering Sea Inuit.  The board was secured to the foredeck of a kayak and served as a platform for the coiled harpoon line that attached a sealskin float to a harpoon point.  When an animal was struck with the harpoon point and then tried to escape, the attached line quickly uncoiled from the float board.  The sealskin float that was carried on the back deck of the kayak was thrown overboard to act as a marker and drag.  Sometimes the float board itself was attached to the harpoon line and thrown into the water serving as an additional drag to tire the struggling animal.
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