Object photography

Image © Dan Gair, 2008.
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Object description

  • Yup'ik artist
  • Story knife, 19th century
  • Bone
  • Cape Vancouver, Alaska, United States
  • L: 11 1/2 in, W: 1 1/4 in, D: 1/2 in (L: 29.2 cm, W: 3.2 cm, D: 1.3 cm)
  • Gift of Israel Albert Lee, 1910
  • E13095


This is a yaaruin, or story knife, originally called a snow knife on the original catalog card. The object is made with brown-black bone, straight back with a curved edge. It is warped sideways. There is a hole in the handle and five round wavy protrusions on the bottom of it, including the bottom/butt itself.