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Curved knife

miłkaq “carver, curved knife”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Also called:
miłghaq “carver, curved knife”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Yes, that’s to make bowls, spoons, buckets. I have one of these at home that belonged to my dad. This is what you call miłqhaq [carver, curved knife].

—Oscar Koutchak, 2001

Knives with curved blades are all-purpose tools, for shaving and whittling wood, hollowing out concave surfaces, and carving fine details.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Object Category: Tools
Object Type: Knife
Accession Date: 1947
Source: J. A. L. Moller (donor)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 210562.000