Learn about traditional ulu (pronounced oo-loo) knives and see them made through the gift shop windows at this factory in Anchorage. The all-purpose knife has been used by Native Alaskans for more than 3,000 years to skin seals, prepare muktuk (a meal of whale blubber and skin) and make boats from walrus hides. Originally, ulu knives were stone with wood, ivory or bone handles but they are now made from steel.
By Dawn Reiss
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