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Knife

sawik “knife”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

This is certainly a knife. Made out of slate blade… It would be good for cutting… If they were sharp, they would cut any kind of animal.

—Ronald Brower Sr., 2002

This is a utility knife for cutting meat and blubber, with a bone handle, slate blade, and wrappings of sinew cord.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Object Category: Tools
Dimensions: Length: 20.5cm
Accession Date: 1910
Source: U.S. Department of Interior (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E260242