Crooked knife, ca. 1900

Contributed by Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine


Crooked knives, indigenous to the Northeast, were essential tools for Native Peoples. After contact with the Europeans, Indians made the knives with wooden handles and metal blades.

The user grasps the knife fingers-up with the cutting edge held toward them. The knife is used to shape objects and hollow out wooden bowls and dishes.

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About This Item

  • Title: Crooked knife, ca. 1900
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • State: ME
  • Media: Wood, metal
  • Local Code: HM 6303
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine
5746 Maine Center for the Arts, Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-1902

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