Ulu

Ulu

Radial cut semi circular shaped slate

Sharpened along the wider edge with a wooden handle lashed to blade through a slot with sinew.

An ulu is an Inuit woman's knife. Its blade is formed as a somewhat semi-lunar shape, which is excellent for a variety of tasks, especially scraping skins and preparing food. Prehistoric ulus were made with slate, but the body of the knife was replaced by metal as it became more available through trade relations. Handles are usually made out of bone, wood, or antler. This general purpose cutting tool was the primary implement for skinning pelts, as a chopping instrument, for slicing fish and for cutting out clothes, boots, and mittens.

Institution

MacBride Museum of Yukon History, Whitehorse

Accession Number

1973.1.107.e

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