Report Upon United States Geographical Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian Volume 4, PT. 2

Report Upon United States Geographical Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian Volume 4, PT. 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...have been discovered at the bottoms of bogs which have formerly been small lakes, where the skeletons of gigantic pike are occasionally found, which may have been proper objects of such fishing with harpoons." Harpoons of bone, such as above figured, are not common on the Atlantic coast, but smaller ones have been occasionally found in the shellheaps. The Southern coast tribes used another material for making a.similar weapon, and Mr. C. C. Jones, jr., quoting from Brickell's Natural History of North Carolina, informs us that "the North Carolina Indians have Fish-gigs that are made of the Reeds or Hollow Canes; these they cut and make very sharp, with two Beards, and taper at the Point like a Harpoon." Barbed harpoon-points made of bone are evidently of rare occurrence in Southern California and on the islands, for notwithstanding many articles made of bone have been received from the later explorations by Mr. Schumacher, we have only seen from California the harpoon-point, figured above, and one other, also in the Smithsonian collection, which was obtained at the same time. On the Northwestern coast, implements of this character are in common use to this time, both as javelin and arrow points. Sometimes these bone points are Permanently ' Antiquities of Southern Indians, p. fastened to the shaft, and in other instances they are fitted into sockets and held to the shafts by strings. In some thirty specimens, principally from Alaska, belonging to the Peabody Museum, there are many "arieties and sizes of barbed points of bone with their accompanying shafts; and in many instances the barbs are on one side only of the bone, though they are often several in number. These bone'points vary inuch in size, and are more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236896327
  • 9781236896322