Host: Julie Ivalu Segment 1: Hannah Uyarak talks about how sinew was made. Hannah Uyarak talks about getting sinew from Narwhal back muscle, Caribou back and leg muscle, fox tail muscle and ring and bearded seal throat. Margaret Kipsigak and Madeline Ivalu demonstrate how sinew is made from Narwhal back muscle. Segment 2: Lydia Qalluttiaq Maliki making Traditional Inuit clothing from seal skin and dog fur scrapes.
Inuit have worn Parkas for thousands of years. Parkas would traditional be made from furs of land animals such as caribou and wolf and others, also from sealskin from seals and other marine mammals. It was also common for Inuit to use bird skin to tediously make their warm parkas. Inuit had to make their clothing from what was available to them. These days Parkas can be made from todays materials. We will watch Mary Lee-Aliyak originally from Rankin Inlet, living in Iqaluit on the process of making a modern parka.
Kamik making is very tedious and an incredible process. There are so many steps - from cleaning a seal skin, scrapping the fat off, drying it, stretching it, softening it, sizing it, cutting it, chewing it and then sewing it all together. We will follow Alicee Joamie in Iqaluit as she shows us the steps to make a pair of kamiks.