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Splitting a Walrus Skin
Splitting a Walrus Skin
100 Edition 11 x 11
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I sketched this scene in Gambell, a village on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. The Eskimos there use walrus hides to make their skin boats or umiaks. The hides, about an inch thick, must first be split to the correct thickness for covering an umiak frame. Women, who traditionally perform this task, stretch the hides on large racks and split them with their curved knives called ulus.


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