The shit knife

The Inuit didn’t fear the cold; they took advantage of it. During the 1950s the Canadian government forced the Inuit into settlements. A family from Arctic Bay told me this fantastic story of their grandfather who refused to go. The family, fearful for his life, took away all of his tools and all of his implements, thinking that would force him into the settlement. But instead, he just slipped out of an igloo on a cold Arctic night, pulled down his caribou and sealskin trousers, and defecated into his hand. As the feces began to freeze, he shaped it into the form of an implement. And when the blade started to take shape, he put a spray of saliva along the leading edge to sharpen it. That’s when what they call the “shit knife” took form. He used it to butcher a dog. Skinned the dog with it. Improvised a sled with the dog’s rib cage, and then, using the skin, he harnessed up an adjacent living dog. He put the shit knife in his belt and disappeared into the night.

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  1. Andreas Simon

    That’s about one of the craziest stories I have heard so far! Though having never experienced temperatures exceeding minus 25 °C, I have no idea how cold let’s say minus 40°C and below is, but I can imagine things freezing rock solid in a way that this could be possible. But what’s even more: one first has to have the inspiration on how to go about a certain problem. Sadly – and I am saying this to point out missed chances for personal growth rather than wishing anybody to cope with situations like this – modern times rarely afford for similar challenges unless one puts oneself voluntarily in a survival situation. Having said this, the question arises, how able to survive is the civilized office worker today when times get tough?

    1. Johan Inläggsförfattare

      It´s a made up story, but the point with it to show how native people ingenuity. Inuits used for example to make the runners on their sleds out of fish and ice. The fish would stay frozen all winter and would be eaten in the spring.

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