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Inuit Traditional Clothing and Kamiits

Who made Inuit clothing?

One of the main traditions is that the woman makes the cloth. The Inuit clothes consist of parkas such as: an outer layer, inner parkas, a trousers, mittens, caribou or rabbit socks and kamiits. Inuit makes clothes from animal skins, sewn together using needles made from animals bones and threads. Parkas are made with leather and fur. Some of the animals used to make the clothes are:

  • caribou
  • seal
  • squirrel
  • wolf
  • wolverine
  • mink
  • bears
  • foxes


Inuit woman wore parkas with extra large hoods, to allow the mother to carry a baby against their back and to protect it from the harsh wind. The styles of parkas vary from region to region , from shape of hood to length of the tails. Today parkas are still worn in other parts of the world and are made in other materials.

The woman also makes kamiits. Kamiits are waterproof boats. The boats are made of sealskins. They are very useful in the spring when the snow melts.

How Do They Prepare The Skins?

Parkas and kamiits is a long job to do. Inuit woman prepare the skins using a scraper called an ulu. The scraper removes the fat from the skins , after the woman chews the skin to soften it, Through the years the woman loses their teeth.

The Inuit still wear traditional clothes,such as parkas and kamiits in the far north. They also wear clothes like pants and shirts from the south.

References: Leblanc , Genevieve and Sarrasin, Louise. Place In Time (2007)

The Canadian Arctic Inuit(1998) Inuit

Arctic Studies Center .Eskimo

Author: Magick



Inuit Traditional Hunting

Eskimo_Seal_HuntingFor centuries the Inuits hunted for food. They took off all the meat of the animal and froze a little to conserve. They did not want to waste it. They took the skin for cloth and drums tops. The tool to take off the skin was called a Ulu (scrapper) it was easier with the Ulu which was very useful.

The antlers of a moose or caribou were used for sculptures. The caribou bones was often used for the harpoon tips. The Inuits hunted for sea animals and mammals. When they hunted for seals and belugas, to not get lost they built Inuksuks (land marks made of stone). The Inuits have some expeditions in winter to hunt. A seal’s baby is called a whitecoat because they are all white. The Inuits had to dress very warmly to go hunt because by the river or where they hunt it was it was very cold.

The weapons the Inuit ‘s used in the past 1000 years were…

  • rifles
  • harpoons
  • bow and arrows
  • other wooden objects
  • animal bones

The Inuits mostly ate meat like fish and mammals. These ways of life are very different from today. Inuit’s never hunted for nothing, they wouldn’t kill for nothing, they would just eat for one thing to survive. When they went hunting on the ice or on land they needed transportation so they had canoes and kayaks to or on land they had dog sleds and today the have snowmobiles. If you went hunting you would have to have skills and be fast. The blubber of the seal was made for oil.The meat that the hunters would bring home would feed a lot of people.


Leblanc , Genevieve and Sarrasin Louise. Places in time series (2007) Santella Andrew The Inuit (2007) The Inuit Williams M. Suzanne (2003)

Author: Bob

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