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.

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  • 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

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

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