Our Way of Living
"My mom used to be handy with that thing, even the older people and the men used that ulukaq" (Larry Matfay, Kodiak Island Elder, 1992). The ground slate ulukaq (or ulu) is a traditional tool of coastal peoples throughout the Arctic. With its smooth, easily sharpened edge, it was the perfect tool to split fish, cut meat and blubber, and prepare skins. Modern versions are made of steel.