CULTURAL CONTEXT : Snowhouse construction; used to shovel loose snow up on to a snowhouse.

DESCRIPTION : A triangular frame of antler lashed together with sinew and pegged with bone pegs. The space between the frame comprising the main section of the shovel blade, is dehaired skin. The skin is sewn to the frame with sinew. A u-shaped hand grip is lashed with sinew in a vertical position near the apex of the triangular frame on the front of the blade. Gift of L.A. Learmonth.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA : Arctic

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP : Inuit-Inupiaq

CULTURE : Netsilik Inuit

NATURAL REGION : King William Island; Simpson Strait

PROVINCE : Northwest Territories

PERIOD : early 20th Century

MATERIAL : Antler; Skin; Sinew

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE : Carved; laced; pegged
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