Folks Dressed Up Like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe helps to make the season bright, but not many people know how Eskimos dress.

Eskimos (in Canada, at least) generally prefer to be referred to as Inuit, which means "people" in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit. Inuit have a variety of modes of dress.

This website shows you the diversity of Inuit style, so you can visualize it better, when you hear the song during this Christmas season.

Let's challenge the stereotypes! Email me your pictures at folksdresseduplikeeskimos@gmail.com

Nakurmiik!!

Joseph Flowers, Inuk from Nunatsiavut and Nunavik
The time has come to retire Folks Dressed Up Like Eskimos. This will be the final entry on my blog. This photo was taken in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. 
In this photo, I am wearing a pair of grey dress pants I bought at Moore’s men’s wear in the Marche Centrale in Montreal, a purple shirt I bought at Moore’s on Ste. Catherine in Montreal, a purple tie, and a blue blazer which I bought from studio suits dot com. The blazer… it’s bespoke.
For outerwear, I am wearing a pair of down mitts I bought from Atmosphere in the Fairview shopping complex in Pointe Claire, Quebec. I am also wearing a North Face down filled coat that my uncle Bob gave me a few years ago. On my head is nassak, which means “hat” in Inuktitut. The hat is crocheted in typical Inuit style, and I am particularly happy with this hat, as it was my mother’s first nassak. 
I accessorized with SALT brand glasses that I got from EyeMaxx on Elgin street in Ottawa, and a leather briefcase that Jayne got me as a gift a few years back. 
Folks Dressed Up Like Eskimos was fun. I hope it sparked some interesting discussions on Inuit and indigenous identity, complexity and diversity, and that it helped to perhaps correct some of the misconceptions that people have about Inuit and indigenous peoples. 
Nakurmiik to everyone who participated. 

The time has come to retire Folks Dressed Up Like Eskimos. This will be the final entry on my blog. This photo was taken in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. 

In this photo, I am wearing a pair of grey dress pants I bought at Moore’s men’s wear in the Marche Centrale in Montreal, a purple shirt I bought at Moore’s on Ste. Catherine in Montreal, a purple tie, and a blue blazer which I bought from studio suits dot com. The blazer… it’s bespoke.

For outerwear, I am wearing a pair of down mitts I bought from Atmosphere in the Fairview shopping complex in Pointe Claire, Quebec. I am also wearing a North Face down filled coat that my uncle Bob gave me a few years ago. On my head is nassak, which means “hat” in Inuktitut. The hat is crocheted in typical Inuit style, and I am particularly happy with this hat, as it was my mother’s first nassak

I accessorized with SALT brand glasses that I got from EyeMaxx on Elgin street in Ottawa, and a leather briefcase that Jayne got me as a gift a few years back. 

Folks Dressed Up Like Eskimos was fun. I hope it sparked some interesting discussions on Inuit and indigenous identity, complexity and diversity, and that it helped to perhaps correct some of the misconceptions that people have about Inuit and indigenous peoples. 

Nakurmiik to everyone who participated. 

I’m gearing up for another season of folks dressed up like Eskimos! To get the ball rolling, here is a photo of me, dressed up like the Eskimo that I am. I’m wearing a pair of pants I bought in NYC at Uniqlo on 5th Ave. These pants are the best. So comfortable. I own a dusty pink pair, too. I’m also wearing a plain white Pronto Uomo undershirt that I bought at Moore’s on Bank street in Centretown in Ottawa. My coat is North Face brand, and keeps me warm. I’m also wearing a pair of gloves which I got from Atmosphere at the Fairview Pointe-Claire in the west island of Montreal. Inuit from Nunavik who present their “JBNQA beneficiary card” get a discount for purchases at the Atmosphere store. Atmosphere recognizes that enticing Inuit to spend at their store means good business for them! We all win! 
My glasses are SALT brand. I got these through my employee benefits package when I was a federal civil servant living in Ottawa. I got them at a store called “Eye maxx” on Elgin street. Often people are irritated that native people get free drugs, free education, free everything (so they think). Well, they can’t hold it against me this time, since I got these on the Federal Civil Servant benefits package dime. Direct your anger elsewhere, people. KTHXBYE. 
The hat is one I bought while working at the Federal Court, where I worked for a year. The hat has the FC coat of arms on the front. 
Finally, I’m also wearing a pair of Fluevog boots. I love the Fluevog boots.
Stay tuned, there will certainly be more Folks Dressed Up Like Eskimos coming soon! ‘Tis the season to Frolic and Play the Eskimo Way!!!

I’m gearing up for another season of folks dressed up like Eskimos! To get the ball rolling, here is a photo of me, dressed up like the Eskimo that I am. I’m wearing a pair of pants I bought in NYC at Uniqlo on 5th Ave. These pants are the best. So comfortable. I own a dusty pink pair, too. I’m also wearing a plain white Pronto Uomo undershirt that I bought at Moore’s on Bank street in Centretown in Ottawa. My coat is North Face brand, and keeps me warm. I’m also wearing a pair of gloves which I got from Atmosphere at the Fairview Pointe-Claire in the west island of Montreal. Inuit from Nunavik who present their “JBNQA beneficiary card” get a discount for purchases at the Atmosphere store. Atmosphere recognizes that enticing Inuit to spend at their store means good business for them! We all win! 

My glasses are SALT brand. I got these through my employee benefits package when I was a federal civil servant living in Ottawa. I got them at a store called “Eye maxx” on Elgin street. Often people are irritated that native people get free drugs, free education, free everything (so they think). Well, they can’t hold it against me this time, since I got these on the Federal Civil Servant benefits package dime. Direct your anger elsewhere, people. KTHXBYE. 

The hat is one I bought while working at the Federal Court, where I worked for a year. The hat has the FC coat of arms on the front. 

Finally, I’m also wearing a pair of Fluevog boots. I love the Fluevog boots.

Stay tuned, there will certainly be more Folks Dressed Up Like Eskimos coming soon! ‘Tis the season to Frolic and Play the Eskimo Way!!!

Special edition, off-season Eskimo post. However, it is important to note that Inuit remained clothed in various styles throughout the year. My friend Janice sent in this photo. She said, “here’s one of me in my emilyandfin dress and aldo shoes.” 

Special edition, off-season Eskimo post. However, it is important to note that Inuit remained clothed in various styles throughout the year. My friend Janice sent in this photo. She said, “here’s one of me in my emilyandfin dress and aldo shoes.” 

I met Kathleen (on the right) playing volleyball. She’s really good, and her team always kicks my team’s ass. She sent me this picture: “I always dress for comfort, but often you will find me accessorizing with sealskin. Left of me is my friend Kristi from Norway’s Riddu Riddu festival.”

I met Kathleen (on the right) playing volleyball. She’s really good, and her team always kicks my team’s ass. She sent me this picture: “I always dress for comfort, but often you will find me accessorizing with sealskin. Left of me is my friend Kristi from Norway’s Riddu Riddu festival.”

Brian is another twitter friend of mine. I look forward to meeting him in real life one day. He sent me this picture, which he describes below. 

Here I am with my winter hunting gear:

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics toque
Oalkey Neck Warmer
Home made winter parka with a Canada Goose Anorak parka over top
Polar Bear hide wind pants
Sorel Intrepid Expedition Boots
and Raber Gloves.

Temperature was around -46 degrees Celsius (with the wind) at the time of the picture. Was headed out polar bear hunting.
Brian is another twitter friend of mine. I look forward to meeting him in real life one day. He sent me this picture, which he describes below. 
Here I am with my winter hunting gear:
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics toque
Oalkey Neck Warmer
Home made winter parka with a Canada Goose Anorak parka over top
Polar Bear hide wind pants
Sorel Intrepid Expedition Boots
and Raber Gloves.
Temperature was around -46 degrees Celsius (with the wind) at the time of the picture. Was headed out polar bear hunting.

Here’s my friend Victoria, who is originally from Kangirsuk in Nunavik, but now lives in Greenland. I’m glad to have some Greenland Eskimo representation on the blog! Thanks, Victoria! Victoria once told me that I reminded her very much of my Uncle Bob. I guess she wasn’t too far off the mark. See this. (CLICK

On the left is a photo of Victoria in Nuuk, Greenland, which her friend Dida took. Victoria didn’t describe her outfit in this photograph. However, I can tell she is wearing appropriate clothing for the weather and conditions she was in at the time.

On the right is a photo of Victoria in a Christmas Party dress with a pair of angel wings. 

Here is a photo of my friend Jobie. Of all my facebook friends, I like reading Jobie’s facebook status updates the most. I laugh hard every time I see something new pop up from Jobie on my timeline.
Jobie describes his clothing in the third person. Jobie wearing a Montreal Expos ball cap, a smile, seal skin mitts, a Columbia sportswear jacket, and Wranger jeans.

Here is a photo of my friend Jobie. Of all my facebook friends, I like reading Jobie’s facebook status updates the most. I laugh hard every time I see something new pop up from Jobie on my timeline.

Jobie describes his clothing in the third person. Jobie wearing a Montreal Expos ball cap, a smile, seal skin mitts, a Columbia sportswear jacket, and Wranger jeans.

!!! DOUBLE ESKIMO SINGING LADIES !!!
Here’s a photo of Sylvia and Sarah. Sylvia is wearing an shirt made by Victoria Okpik with seal skin that was dyed red. Sarah’s is not dyed. 

!!! DOUBLE ESKIMO SINGING LADIES !!!

Here’s a photo of Sylvia and Sarah. Sylvia is wearing an shirt made by Victoria Okpik with seal skin that was dyed red. Sarah’s is not dyed. 

Here is a photo of my friend Pauletta. Pauletta and I share the same birthday, and we grew up together as neighbours and as classmates in Goose Bay, Labrador.
Pauletta describes her outfit: “Here I am wearing a Canada Goose Down Jacket with my mitts my husband gave me, made out of leather with rabbit fur and floral design, made in Kangiqsualujjuaq, QC, Nunavik. Also wearing soft moc boots, factory made kamiks! Ready for the Cold winter!”

Here is a photo of my friend Pauletta. Pauletta and I share the same birthday, and we grew up together as neighbours and as classmates in Goose Bay, Labrador.

Pauletta describes her outfit: “Here I am wearing a Canada Goose Down Jacket with my mitts my husband gave me, made out of leather with rabbit fur and floral design, made in Kangiqsualujjuaq, QC, Nunavik. Also wearing soft moc boots, factory made kamiks! Ready for the Cold winter!”

!!! DOUBLE THE FOLKS !!! DOUBLE THE DRESSING UP LIKE ESKIMOS !!!
Here’s a photo that Adamina and Jenny sent me. Adamina describes the photo and her outfit like this.
"This photo was taken in front of the University College building on the UWO campus in London, Ontario. I am wearing a navy blue down coat and black faux leather gloves-both from Mexx. Jeans from American Eagle and olive Tretorn calf-length rain boots.
My friend Jenny is an Inupiat from Nome, Alaska! She is an awesome human being who was on exchange at Western for one semester from the University of Washington in Seattle. Really amazing that we ended up in London at the same point in our respective lives.”

Jenny’s description: “I am wearing an American Apparel hat, Merrell jacket, Cheap Monday jeans and converse shoes and fair trade wool gloves.”

!!! DOUBLE THE FOLKS !!! DOUBLE THE DRESSING UP LIKE ESKIMOS !!!

Here’s a photo that Adamina and Jenny sent me. Adamina describes the photo and her outfit like this.

"This photo was taken in front of the University College building on the UWO campus in London, Ontario. I am wearing a navy blue down coat and black faux leather gloves-both from Mexx. Jeans from American Eagle and olive Tretorn calf-length rain boots.

My friend Jenny is an Inupiat from Nome, Alaska! She is an awesome human being who was on exchange at Western for one semester from the University of Washington in Seattle. Really amazing that we ended up in London at the same point in our respective lives.”
Jenny’s description: “I am wearing an American Apparel hat, Merrell jacket, Cheap Monday jeans and converse shoes and fair trade wool gloves.”