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

Braiding the sinew

(Note: These videos are used with the permission of the IHLC.)

There are three steps in braiding the individual threads to make a usable length that won't break:

  1. Start the basic housing of the ivalu thread

2. Extend the braid by piecing in additional threads

 3. Finishing the braid, making it smooth and even by pulling and trimming it.