Hand-shaped crooked knife, ca. 1900
Contributed by Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine
For Indians in the Northeast, the ability to make and use a crooked knife was a necessary life skill.
The knife handle was made to fit the hand of the user. This knife handle features a carved hand.
The knives were used to shape objects such as brown ash used for baskets, ax handles, canoe ribs, gunwales, and thwarts; and and snowshoe frames; and to hollow out wooden bowls and dishes.
- Title: Hand-shaped crooked knife, ca. 1900
- Creation Date: circa 1900
- Subject Date: circa 1900
- State: ME
- Media: Wood, metal
- Local Code: HM 6304
- 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
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