Specialized vocabulary – knives and knives! Oh my.

In Hanis I have found several different words for knives.  Which makes sense, as there were ones for different tasks, and made of different materials.

The word I see most often for any knife is walwal. However, Annie Peterson gave a different word for any type of knife – qeliimihl (qælimɪɫ).
A knife made of agate or flint, carried by travelers, and used for defense, was called hlaq’ama (ɫaq’áma). It had a hole at the larger end so it could be hung from a string.

A large knife, made from a whale’s rib bone, was wolok (wə´lək). This one was a weapon of war.

And this is just what I’ve found so far.  I may yet find more words for knives


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