Ulus come in many materials and shapes. A traditional tool, an Ulu is used to skin animals, chop meat and in the contemporary home, cut pizza. Similar in shape to the mezzaluna used to chop herbs, Ulus are made with a variety of materials including bone, antler, wood and are decorative or plain. There are Ulu necklaces, brooches and earrings as well as the tool itself.
There were several shops in Nuuk that featured locally made handicrafts made from local bone, sealskin as well as artwork. The handmade Ulu necklace I bought in Nuuk, Greenland is made of Muskox horn, Caribou antler and Whale bailing.
Buying and using Northern fur, animal horn and bone artwork for decorating or wearing can be perceived as a negative, however, harvesting wildlife in the North is an important income for Indigenous people and provides food and materials for sustainable living. The sale of artwork made with wild fur or jewellery made with horn or bone helps locals earn an income from the land which was theirs before colonialism.
Before purchasing something sourced from an animal, check the import laws for your home country as certain whale bone is illegal to bring into Canada.