Artifacts

Boomerang
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Wooden boomerangs were used as a non returning throwing stick to hunt animals. The boomerang is decorated with scrimshaw imagery depicting its use as a hunting device. This picture shows both sides of the boomerang, one side features images of deer being hunted by Natives with bows and arrows, and the other shows canoe outings to hunt ocean wildlife. The drawings combine images of native daily life with European naturalistic animal forms. This form of drawing was taken from European whalers; the black line drawings were created by filling scratches on surface of the bone with soot.