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KAMIKS OF THE INUIT
HUNTING SEAL & CARIBOU
PROTECTIVE CLOTHING OF SEAL SKIN & CARIBOU SKIN
PROTECTIVE LAYERS OF FOOTWEAR
MAKING KAMIKS
PATTERNS & STYLES
DECORATING KAMIKS
SEWING & DECORATING TECHNIQUES
MOCCASINS OF THE FIRST NATIONS
CHANGING STYLES - THE ROLE OF TRADE & VOYAGEURS
SHOES FOR A NEW LAND
SHOES MADE IN THE AGE OF THE CRAFTSMAN
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR IN THE AGE OF THE MACHINE
Woman wearing caribou parka with child in hood
Woman wearing caribou parka with child in hood
Protective Clothing of Seal Skin and Caribou Skin

"Combinations of seal, caribou, and other skins produce footwear that is suited for many different weather conditions."
Sally Qimmiuínaaq Webster, Baker Lake and Ottawa, 1995

Caribou Skin Clothing

Traditional styles of caribou skin clothing for women included hoods large enough to accommodate an infant.

Mary Battye, from Pangnirtung Northwest Territories, made these kamiks from caribou leg skins in 1987. Compare the dark soles of this pair of caribou skin kamiks to the white seal skin soles of the seal skin kamiks. Hair has been removed from the wind-bleached white soles, whereas the hair on the other pair has been shaved.

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Baffinland Inuit boots Ungava Inuit boots
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