Awl, from Government of Nunavut Collection, photo courtesy of Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth, Accession Number 986.089.029.

Bone awl

This bone awl was created between 1860 and 1925. It was found at Kekerten Whaling Station on Kekerten Island in Cumberland Sound by archaeologist Marc Stevenson at a site designated Borden Number LkDf-3.

Based on the types of uses awls had, they needed to be very strong and not brittle. Dense bone was a good material for this.

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Inuit used awls for may purposes. They were critical to the manufacture of many other tools and weapons.