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Catalog # Name Description
1 Pick, ice Native North American ice pick and fire starter made from polished ivory. One end of the part of ivory is carved into a thick, dull, point. The other end was used as a fire starter. A hole was rubbed onto a flat part of the ivory, indicating the use.
2 Pick, ice Blunt ice pick made of polished ivory. One end has axe like features while the other end has a clear cut cross section. The cross section indicates a clear image as to the type of ivory the ice pick is made from, walrus tusk.
3 Knife Ice and Snow knife made from ivory. The knife was used for cutting and shaping snow. Along the length of the knife are bird feather like designs on both sides with the handle designated as the head. There is yellow discoloration from use. (Knife) image
4 00.70.28 Axe Ivory fossilized walrus tusk axe head. Appears structurally stron with no risk of disfigurement and no areas of insecurity. Artifact is Cream in color, with brown specks. There are some signs of wear, discoloration and dulling due to us. There a number of lengthwise cracks that do not appear to be compromising structure in any way. There is a miniscule chip near the chiseled edge. The secondary dentine layer appears to have fallen out of natural causes rather than intentionally hollowed by the user. 00.70.28 (Axe) image
5 1989.60.13 Fishhook Made from bone. A long thin sharpened piece of bone is connected to a smaller sharpened at an angle. Discolored from use.
6 1989.60.14 Fishhook Partial; connecting piece of an ivory fishhook. Cylindrical shape with a hollowed out middle and three crevasses on the sides to hold the sharpened points together. 1989.60.14 (Fishhook) image
7 1990.42.42 Pendant Pendant made from a walrus molar. Hole drilled in the root end for a string or chain. The ivory is carved into a teardrop shape and is smooth.
8 2006.9.1 Fetish Small figurine of carved ivory. The figurine is of a human female in standing position with arms to the side. The coloration of the figurine varies in areas. Small ivory figurine of a human/person. Their hands are connected in front of them. They are in a standing position. Facial features are not defined and there is no hair or clothing on the figurine. The head is very round. Sent to UNI from Pagosa Springs, CO. Mysterious use historically: some think they were used as good luck charms while hunting, others think they were used as game pieces. Some people believed the figurines to be connected to life and death. Within Inuit culture and beliefs, each living thing has a tarniq, a soul, that consists of a miniature image of that living thing. The miniature image of the living thing produces the living thing itself. Most modern Inuit are now Christian and reject the idea of fetish figurines being used as good luck charms or protection amulets. Would be carried with them on their person. The Inuit were nomadic, and therefore they carried with them what they could. To carry a personal item such as a fetish figure indicated wealth and status. This nomadic lifestyle is also the reason for the small size of the figurines. Some fetish figurines have holes, indicating they were worn as jewelry. Fetish figurines could have been used as toys, to teach children how to be adults, and therefore would have symbolized transformation. 2006.9.1 (Fetish) image
9 2006.9.12 Scraper Wide wedge shaped head of a scraper; the wide end appears to have once been attached to another piece, as it is slightly notched. There are holes near the midsection of the surface. The piece narrows slightly and flattens to a dull pointed edge. These scrapers were used to scrape animal remains from hides of animals. 2006.9.12 (Scraper) image
10 2006.9.13 bone, worked The bone is roughly spike shaped -- the piece gradually narrows from one end to the other. The wider side is darker in color and porous--running along the length the piece flattens and terminates in a small rounded tip. Clear indication of carving in the mid section to create a point. 2006.9.13 (bone, worked) image
11 2006.9.15 Scraper A wedge-shaped piece that gradually narrows toward a flattened tip. The piece slightly bows. The underside is polished smooth and is porous. The upperside is slightly convex and polished smooth. A long narrow shallow slit runs length-wise down the middle; several notches run across the tip of the wedge, forming an area of rough slashes.
12 2006.9.16 ivory fragment broken fragment with multiple faces. The underside and side are smooth and flat, while the other sides of the piece are smoothed into a flat semicylinder. The two ends appear unfinished and are rough. Color: TN 2006.9.16 (ivory fragment) image
13 2006.9.17 ivory fragment several long polished faces of this piece. One tip of the piece is narrowed and ends in a nub point. The piece then widens and gradually narrows again towards the other end, where it ends in a boxed shape. One side of the piece appears to have been split and a portion cleaved off. Color: BR 2006.9.17 (ivory fragment) image
14 2006.9.18 ivory fragment the piece gradually narrows from one end to the other. The top of the piece is rough and unpolished. The underside is slightly concave and smooth. One end of the piece appears to have been broken. Color: TN and GY
15 2006.9.19 ivory fragment this piece is semi-cylindrical with a flat bottom of two, slightly unparallel polished planes. One end is rough and striated showing layers of ivory. The mid-section of the piece is polished and rounded into a semi-cylinder. The other end has been notched into the midsection and this plane is polished. Color: TN
16 2006.9.20 ivory fragment a broken piece; one side is polished smooth into a semi-cylinder. The underside is more rough with a peak runnin the width of the piece. A short knob-like piece juts from one edge of this peak. Color: BR and TN
17 2006.9.21 ivory fragment rough fragment in a roughly conical shape. The sides are flattened and the piece narrows to a blunt tip. Color: TN
18 2006.9.22 ivory fragment long broken fragment in a rough pyramid shape. One side is polished smooth and rounded. The other two sides are flat. The piece narrows to a dull point and the back end has been broken and is rough. The narrow tip also appears broken. Color: TN
19 2006.9.23 ivory fragment a long, slender pyramidal-shaped piece with smooth polished sides that narrows to a sharp tip. The blunt end appears broken and is very rough-edged. Color: TN
20 2006.9.24 ivory fragment a long rectangular piece that narrows slightly towards one end. Three sides are smooth and flat; the fourth side is rough and appears broken. The two ends appear broken and are rough and uneven. Color: BR
21 2006.9.25 ivory fragment a clyindrical piece that slightly narrows towards one end. The piece is smooth. Two small notches have been made near the wider end of the piece. The wide end is rough and appears broken off. The narrow end is smoothed diagonally. Color: TN
22 2006.9.26 ivory fragment a roughly-shaped fragment with three main faces. The piece narrows width-wise into a sharp pointed edge. Each face is fairly smooth. A wide semi-circular potion in the middle of the piece is polished smooth. Color: TN 2006.9.26 (ivory fragment) image
23 2006.9.27 ivory fragment this piece is fashioned in a rough menner; the piece is fairly flat, with the top and undersides smoothed flat. The edges are also smoothed flat. The piece consists of two portions; the back portion is narrow. This piece abruptly broadens, then gradually narrows again to a point. Color: TN and BR 2006.9.27 (ivory fragment) image
24 2006.9.28 ivory fragment a short cylindrical piece that narrows very slightly towards one end. The piece is polished fairly smooth. One set of etchings can be seen near the edge. Each end of the cylinder are rough and appear broken or very roughly shaped. Color: BR 2006.9.28 (ivory fragment) image
25 2006.9.3 Adornment Small carved figure of a fox head. The piece is roughly tear-shaped with a flat base; one side tapers into the fox's muzzle, and the other side has two small ridges that compose the ears. The eyes and tip of the nose are indicated with small painted dots.
26 2006.9.30 sleigh a long flat piece that has been shaped smooth, but still porous. Two holes have been cut about an inch apart in the middle of the length. Either end of the piece appears roughly broken off. A small rounded peg is inserted into one of the middle holes. Color: TN and BR 2006.9.30 (sleigh) image
27 2006.9.34 ivory fragment conical in shape, this piece is polished smooth. The piece is wide at its base and as it lengthens, the piece narrows to a blunt tip. As it narrows, the piece arcs slightly. A 7/16 in hole has been carved through the center of the piece. The coloration is splotchy and not uniform. The wide base is rough and jagged and appears to have broken off. Color: BR 2006.9.34 (ivory fragment) image
28 2006.9.35 needle long narrow needle; oval hole is on widest end. Tip of needle is slightly bent and dull. Color: TN
29 2006.9.36 needle long, narrow needle; flattened-oval-shaped hole slightly above the needle's midsection. Tip of needle is dull and appears broken off. Color: TN
30 2006.9.37 awl Awl has a long sharp point connected to a slender rounded shaft that tapers and flattens into a box shape with defined edges. The end of the shaft appears slightly broken off or chipped. There are no visible decorations. 2006.9.37 (awl) image
31 2006.9.38 spear, fish the tip of this spear point is broken and now the tip is jagged. The piece is long, slender, and beings as a flattenedd cylinder at the base; this shape gradually flattens itself near the tip, forming distinct sides. A sharpened hook juts from the tip towards the base. The base of the point abruptly narrows to a very sharp point, used to attach the piece to a spear. Color: TN
32 2006.9.39 needle, netmaking this large needle is narrow at the base, then widens into a triangular-shaped shaft. The shaft gradually flattens back into a narrowed, flat-edged tip. Two narrow triangular-shaped slits pass horizontally through the piece near the base. The piece is tan with mottled borwn spots; the piece is brown at the top. Color: TN and BR
33 2006.9.4 Adornment Small carved figure of a fox head. The piece is roughly tear-shaped with a flat base; one side tapers into the fox's muzzle, and the other side has two small ridges that compose the ears. The eyes and tip of the nose are indicated with small painted dots.
34 2006.9.40 hook this hook is flat and has a shallow hook on the tip. The piece then widens into a flattened handle. The piece appears broken, as the base is jagged. This piece is smooth but not polished; several shallow grooves run perpendicular to the piece along one side of the piece. Color: TN and GY 2006.9.40 (hook) image
35 2006.9.41 hook a long smooth cylindrical piece. The bottom flattens and the piece gradually narrows until 1 5/8 in from the tip; here it juts wider by 1/16 in and then narrows again to a thin, 1/4-in-wide tip. It appears that the hook has broken off. Color: TN 2006.9.41 (hook) image
36 2006.9.42 hook a long slender piece; its base is rough, unfinished and narrow. The piece immediately widens. The length of the shaft is in a flattened diamond-shape with rounded edges. The piece narrows, then widens again by 1/16 in, then narrows again to a 1/4 in-wide thin tip. The hook appears to be broken or worn off significantly. Color: GY and TN 2006.9.42 (hook) image
37 2006.9.43 Dart Appears to be an unfinished barbed point and has a broken tip. The first two barbs are finished and sharply jut from either side of the piece. A third barb is unfinished; a small, narrow slot cuts through the piece lengthwise. Two notches are carved from the edge to the slot's ends. The piece is three-sided, with only one sharpened edge. The back tip is flattened. Dart shows minimal staining and a few hairline cracks and chips. 2006.9.43 (Dart) image
38 2006.9.44 spear, fish long four-sided point with rounded edges. One end abruptly narrows and a sharpened point extends out of the piece. The other end has broken off and left a diagonal cleavage point. Color: TN
39 2006.9.45 Spear the tip of this spear point is broken and now the tip is dull. The piece is long and slender; the piece is roughly triangular in shape. A sharpened hook juts from the tip towards the base. The main shaft widens towards the base, then abruptly narrows and formas a sharp point. Color: BR 2006.9.45 (Spear) image
40 2006.9.46 line guide long, slender, roughly cylindrical shaft. While one end appears unfinished or broken, the other end of the shaft has a 1/2 in-wide notch, leaving a bifurcated tail end. Color: BR
41 2006.9.47 finger rest an L-shaped polished piece of ivory with a large hole at the base of the vertical portion. Underneath the base, there are some slight ridges. Color: TN
42 2006.9.48 drill an asymmetrical (possibly due to breakage) w-shaped piece. The bottom of the piece has been broken off and is flat. One end of the piece juts upwards, as does the middle. The middle jut has a 1/4 in hole passing through. The othe rend of the piece is fairly flat and slanted downwards (it may have been broken off). Color: CR
43 2006.9.49 ivory fragment an elongated-egg-shaped piece. Each end comes to a dull point. The piece is rough with varying coloration from light orange to brown. A long crack runs half the length of the piece and extends through the width of the piece. Color: TN and BR 2006.9.49 (ivory fragment) image
44 2006.9.5 Bola, Weight The bola weight is roughly shaped like a kernel of corn with flat sides and a rounded bottom. At the top a circular hole has been drilled and a piece of the top edge is broken off. The coloration varies in brightness, wherein one side is noticeably lighter in color than another. There are visible wear and tear marks, indicating use. The weight is often with other weights of the same shape and tied together to create a bola, or a throwing weapon. 2006.9.5 (Bola, Weight) image
45 2006.9.50 harpoon the head of the point is in the shape of an elongated spade that narrows and flattens to a sharp tip. The back end of the point rises vertically at a 45` angle, and a small notch creates a bifurcated tip. A large hole is on the back end; two small holes near the back on either side create a tunnel through the width of the point's midsection. Color: TN
46 2006.9.51 harpoon the head of the point is barbed (five barbs total) and narrows to a polished tip. The back end of the point is in the shape of an isoceles triangle, pointing in the opposite direction than the head of the point. There is a small oval tunnel that cuts through the base of the head. Color: TN
47 2006.9.52 harpoon this piece appears broken; all that remains is the front of the head. The tip is flattened and narrows to a point. A 3/16 in-diameter hole lies in the middle of the head. Behind this hole are two notched slits that cut diagonally through the head. A 1/16 in-deep notch is cut out between the two slits on one side of the head. Color: TN 2006.9.52 (harpoon) image
48 2006.9.53 dart A small point with five barbs along the head of the point, ending with a narrowed polished tip. A narrow oval hole extends through the width of the point at the base of the head. A flat nub extends out of the back end of the point. Color: TN 2006.9.53 (dart) image
49 2006.9.54 spear, fish a polished piece with mottled coloration. A sharp tip widens into a flattened diamond-shaped shaft. A barb juts off to one side of the shaft. The shaft rounds out into a cylindrical shape at the base. The shaft abruptly narrows and sharpens into a narrow point. Several small notches are on this point. Color: TN and BR 2006.9.54 (spear, fish) image
50 2006.9.55 spear, fish a slender, very flat spear point. The sharp tip widens into a flattened diamond-shaped shaft. 1 3/8in from the tip, a short barb juts out of the shaft. At this point the piece rounds into a cylindrical shape, then abruptly narrows again into a flattened 1/8 in-wide by 7/8 in-long nubbed tip. Color: BR