Fish hooks, from Government of Nunavut Collection, photo courtesy of Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth, Accession Number 990.073.369.

Kakivak fish spear

This bone fragment is associated with the Thule / Historic Inuit culture. It was found at the Tungatsivvik site at Peterhead Inlet in Frobisher Bay by archaeologist Doug Stenton at a site designated Borden Number KkDo-3.

Kakivak were used to spear fish at weirs or along the shore when fish were running in rivers or into spawning grounds.

Inuit became very accurate with the spears. Thrusting spears required a great deal of balance and excellent hand/eye coordination.

This belonged to a fish spear or kakivak.