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harpoon cover
  • unknown Kwih-dich-chuh-aht (Makah) maker
  • harpoon cover, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Neah Bay, Washington, United States
  • cedar bark, weaving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 25 x 10 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 3 7/8 x 1 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5590

The rectangle is made from a length of folded cedar bark. The narrow ends have woven bands. The sides are open, so the rectangle is just folded, not secured closed.

It was used to cover large points for whale harpoons when they were not in use.