Canadian DYK: The Inuit have their own cutting tool, the ulu

This unique culinary tool is used exclusively in Northern Canada

Residing mainly in Nunavut and the Northernmost portion of Quebec, the Inuit have a long history of tools and meals dedicated to the region, this includes the ulu. 

The all-purpose ulu is specific to the Inuit, and cannot be found elsewhere. It is traditionally used for hunting and harvesting, but it also holds great cultural significance. Women in Inuit families would use this tool to cut up meat during family meals and to cut up skin to make clothing, among many other tasks.

Traditionally made from caribou antler, muskox horn, or the ivory from a walrus, the half circle shape of this unique tool makes cutting easier because of the force being concentrated in the centre, while the round edge allows for a rocking motion to cut through hard objects like bone. 

The ulu is used by few today, but still holds a cultural and historic significance for all people of Inuit descent.