Sunday, 15 March 2009

Technology of the Inuit

The ancient Inuit possessed one of the most elaborate technologies of any non-industrial society in history. In a land where game was hard to find and harder to capture, it made sense to develop extremely efficient and dependable weapons; there were few second chances.

The most remarkable invention, the toggling harpoon and float, permitted the hunting of large sea mammals in open water. On entry, the specially designed harpoon head turned ingeniously sideways, leaving the shaft to fall away and the attached float to tire out the animal.

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