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LOOKING BOTH WAYS: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People of Southern Alaska

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Knife: Ulukaq / knife.

LOCATION: Karluk 1 archaeological site, Kodiak Island, A.D. 1400-1750

REFERENCE: Alutiiq Museum, Koniag, Inc., Collection (AM193.87:9250)

DIMENSIONS: 25 cm wide.

DESCRIPTION:
"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.


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