From: United States of America | Alaska | Cape Prince of Wales

Curatorial Section: American

Object Number 30-25-287
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Kuchin | Athapaskan
Provenience United States of America | Alaska | Cape Prince of Wales
Culture Area Arctic Culture Area
Section American
Materials Copper | Hide

Native copper pounded and filed; thong wound around handle for grip; handle terminates in double spiral ornament. Marks on knife of a steel file but I believe it was recently filed to remove an old patina, traces of which still remain. There are also irregular scratches suggesting stone polishing. Knife may be very old. It is of the same type made by the Athabaskan Indians of Copper River, which they still keep as charms for hunting according to Joe Bourke, (of Valdez, Alaska).

Length 38.5 cm
Credit Line Alaskan Expedition, Frederica de Laguna, 1930

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