Inughuit Lance with Meteoric Iron Blade
'Living so far north the Inughuit had little access to wood, so that all equipment, including sleds, had to be made of bone and ivory. However, unlike most Native Americans, they did have access to iron, from the Cape York Meteorites, the remains of a meteor which came from the centre of a small (4.5 billion-year-old) planet that collided with the earth around 10,000 years ago. Three large pieces, named Dog, Woman and Tent by the Inuit, were shown to the American explorer Robert Peary (1856-1920) in the 1890s. Flakes of the metal (iron, with nickel impurity) were taken off the meteorites with hand mauls and used in harpoons, lances and knives, and traded thousands of kilometres westwards through Canada.'