AB 616, dog whip, Inuit, wood, leather, 1047 cm x 3.5 cm, Collection of Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada.

Inuit dog whip

Inuit dog whip.

Whips were used both for dogs and for hunting small birds and animals. This whip does not have woven skin to reinforce the handle and it too long for use with dogs. It would have been a hunting whip.


Inuit became very proficient with whips. They could often snaps hits on particular spots on an animal to inflict the least amount of damage to the meat. Inuit could also use the whip to herd animals towards a traps such as foxes.