At first, Jennifer Herkes didn’t realize what had been found — she thought it was a piece of an atlatl dart.
“I thought, ‘Oh yeah, that’s neat,’” she recalled.
Then she saw it wasn’t just a piece — it was the whole spear.
“My heart rate started increasing, and I got goose bumps all over. I’d never seen anything like that before, it was amazing,” said Herkes, who is the heritage manager for the Carcross/Tagish First Nation in Yukon.
“The feathers, the sinew, the sap they would have used as, like, a glue to attach the stone point to the wood shaft — all of it is completely intact."
Herkes believes it’s the first full atatl spear ever found in Yukon. It’s believed to be at least 1,000 years old. Read more.