Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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story knife
  • Yup'ik peoples
  • story knife, late 1800s–1948
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States
  • walrus tusk, carving
  • Object Length/Width: 29.5 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width: 11 5/8 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Traw
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0584
Label Text

The blade-like piece of ivory is wider on one end and rounded. It has a small section of teeth at the point and two small knobs on the narrow end.

It once had a leather loop to fasten around the wrist. It was used for cutting snow for igloo construction or for drawing in the snow.