CULTURAL CONTEXT : Skin preparation; used to press excess water out of the hair of washed sealskin.

DESCRIPTION : A straight, dull-edged blade. The upper surface is concave in shape with a thick proximal end to form the grip. The central section of the upper surface is grooved across the width of the scraper to accept the fingers. Gift of Rev. Archibald Lang Fleming.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA : Eastern Arctic

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP : Inuit-Inupiaq

CULTURE : Baffinland Inuit

NATURAL REGION : Baffin Island; Hudson Strait

PROVINCE : Northwest Territories

PERIOD : early 20th Century

MATERIAL : Whale bone

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE : Carved
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