Skinning knife

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Knife, pre 1894
Elwin Bay, Prince Regent Inlet
Steel, wood, and copper

Donated by Capt Fairweather, 1894
Museum number 1894-26-3A

This object was found by Capt Fairweather (1844-1896) during a whaling expedition beyond the Arctic Circle with the ship 'Balaena' He came across the remains of a settlement in which all the inhabitants had starved to death. The starvation of whole villages was not uncommon, when food was scarce in winter.

Skinning knife
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