The Storyknife

yaaruin: “storyknife”
Language: Central Yup'ik

The story knife is a traditional girl’s toy used for
 sketching pictures on the ground or in the snow. 
The pictures show clothing, people, houses, animals,
 and events, and are drawn to illustrate a story or as
 a game in which others try to guess the artist’s 
subject. Knife stories were accompanied by songs. 

from The Smithsonian Institution’s Alaska Native Collections:

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