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Woman’s knife

ulaaq “woman’s knife”
Язык: юпик о. Св. Лаврентия

We’d cut around the whole seal…We cut it right around the neck and then split the blubber off [inside] all around... We use a sharp knife.

—Estelle Oozevaseuk, 2001

A woman’s ulaaq has a thousand everyday uses for sewing, cutting meat, and preparing food. As Estelle Oozevaseuk described, a small ulaaq can be used to skin a whole seal from the inside to make an inflatable hunting float. This ancient woman’s knife from the Old Bering Sea period has a stone blade and a walrus ivory handle carved in the shape of a polar bear.

Культура: юпик о. Св. Лаврентия
Регион: Little Diomede Island, Alaska
Категрия предмета: Tools
Размеры: Length 14.1cm
Дата поступления: 1929
Источник: Mrs. Pollister (donor)
Музей: Национальный музей естественной истории
Идентификационный номер музея: E345466