The Tie that Binds: Sinew (Ivalu) in Iñupiaq Life: A Traditional Knowledge Learning Center

Extracting the sinew

The first step in removing sinew from the hind legs of the caribou (tuttu in Iñupiaq) is to skin the legs. Video used with permission of IHLC.

Next, the sinew has to be removed from the leg, taking care not to cut through the long fibers.

The backstrap, or sinew along the tuttu's backbone, has to be removed carefully as well.