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uŋuyuun “knife with small sharp blade used to let fluid out from a swollen joint”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

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uŋuyusuun “knife with small sharp blade used to let fluid out from a swollen joint”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

They thought their arthritis would get better if they drained the liquid out of the joint.

—Theresa Nanouok, 2001

This sharp little knife was for “poking,” a traditional medical treatment to drain blood and fluids from swollen areas, relieving pain.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Object Category: Tools
Object Type: Knife
Accession Date: 1949
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 212533.000