Eskimo Artifact Collection C
A fine collection of ivory seal hunting harpoon heads that were cut to hold a slate or iron blades`. Also a very unique etched pictograph artifact of man morphing to a seal and then into a whale from the 1700's.
Excavated on St. Lawrence Island by Eskimo people known as Siberian Yupik. For over 5,000 years the Yupiks had villages along the Bering Sea and fashioned sled runners, net weights, chopping tools and other utensils out of readily available ivory. That ivory became hidden from the world for centuries, when it was discarded in the village middens (dumps) along with tusks and bones of walrus, whales and seals. Only now is that ancient ivory being unearthed, excavated by the descendants of the primitive Yupiks that worked it.