Native clothing of the North American Arctic: Igloolik clothing

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: museum, anthropology, traditional knowledge, Inuit, traditional clothing

Principal Investigator: King, Jonathan (1)
Licence Number: 12610
Organization: Trustees of the British Museum, Museum of Mankind
Licenced Year(s): 1994
Issued: Jan 01, 1994
Project Team: self

Objective(s): To provide an understanding of the significance of fur and skin clothing to northern peoples; to articulate contemporary and traditional clothing traditions, and in particular the transfer of ideas about the shaping and tailoring of clothes from skin and fur to manufactured materials; to produce an exhibition in London about native Alaskan and Canadian clothing traditions.

Project Description: The researcher will conduct interviews with Igloolik people about the significance of traditional clothing to the Inuit. Information will also be collected about the use of contemporary versus traditional clothing, and how traditional skills and ideas have been transferred to the tailoring of clothes using contemporary materials. Information will be used to assist in developing an exhibition which compares Alaskan and Canadian traditional clothing.