Inuit Clothing: A Study in the Transformation of Culture

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Kitikmeot, Nunavut

Tags: social sciences, anthropology, traditional knowledge, sewing, modernization impacts, traditional clothing

Principal Investigator: Driscoll, Bernadette T. (3)
Licence Number: 12231
Organization: Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
Licenced Year(s): 1992 1991 1990
Issued: Jan 01, 1992
Project Team: Self

Objective(s): To examine cultural ideology as it informs the design, production, and use of historical as well as contemporary styles of clothing; to investigate the displacement of traditional forms of fur clothing in the region; to examine the historical transition from fur to fabric clothing; to trace social, economic, and political changes in gender roles and their correlation (if any) to changes in clothing design; to examine the continuing importance of sewing among Inuit women both in terms of clothing production and textile crafts produced for export;

Project Description: The researcher will examine indigenous clothing design and clothing change in the Kitikmeot region. She will record the historical change from fur to fabric clothing, as well as investigate the continuing importance of fur clothing to hunters and detail the social and economic significance of maintaining sewing skills within Inuit families. It will be the first anthropological study to examine clothing change in a specific historical and cultural setting.