Antler knife, from the collection of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Government of the NWT, Accession Number 982.050.280.

Inuit Tool (Pana)

This antler knife was created during the Pre-Dorset / Dorset era between 2290-2390 BP. It was found on Banks Island by archaeologist Charles Arnold at a site designated Borden Number OjRl-3.

Generally a pana was a tool, not a weapon because it was large and flat bladed.

It was important to have a sturdy pana because it was a very helpful item. Antler was strong and light and was well suited to panas.

This knife was a pana, designed for cutting snow blocks for iglus, although it would also have many other purposes.