Surviving on the Island: Chapter 17

Carved fish hook on black background with ruler.
Barbed projectile point. Found on San Nicolas Island in a cache of artifacts. Courtesy of Department of Anthropology, California State University, Los Angeles.

Karana spends time during the long winter months making a barbed spearhead from a sea elephant tooth. She will use this weapon to catch devilfish. Karana paddles her canoe to the reef where the devilfish live but does not spear one.

Karana takes the canoe and stores it in the sea cave that she and Rontu found near the headland. When she returns from the sea cave, Karana hears sounds of a dogfight. She sees the pack on a mound of discarded seashells (midden) near a sea cliff. Two of the wild dogs attack Rontu, but Rontu emerges as the victor.

Last updated: December 11, 2018