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
Here is a picture of my friend Lisa. She’s pretty awesome. In this photo, she’s skating on a forest path in Ste Catherine de la Jacques Cartier.
Side note: Cartier was one of the first “explorers” from France to come to North America/Turtle Island, and he met the Haudenosaunee people. You can see the real life reenactment here. 
Lisa provided this photo with the description below. 
"I am using my skates from Canadian Tire, acrylic scarf that I initially thought was made of wool and it isn’t, my down filled parka was a gift from my mother 30 years ago and I’ve changed the fox fur around the hood since. My "NorthFace" windproof pants are actually from a Sherpa shop in the Himalayas.  My mittens are from a Hunter Support shop in one of the communities I’ve been to in Nunavik and my hat is an Ivakkak dog team race promotional item I got for free!"

Here is a picture of my friend Lisa. She’s pretty awesome. In this photo, she’s skating on a forest path in Ste Catherine de la Jacques Cartier.

Side note: Cartier was one of the first “explorers” from France to come to North America/Turtle Island, and he met the Haudenosaunee people. You can see the real life reenactment here

Lisa provided this photo with the description below. 

"I am using my skates from Canadian Tire, acrylic scarf that I initially thought was made of wool and it isn’t, my down filled parka was a gift from my mother 30 years ago and I’ve changed the fox fur around the hood since. My "NorthFace" windproof pants are actually from a Sherpa shop in the Himalayas.  My mittens are from a Hunter Support shop in one of the communities I’ve been to in Nunavik and my hat is an Ivakkak dog team race promotional item I got for free!"

My friend Jesse is from Labrador. He is a very very funny guy. He sent in this photo, and describes it as follows.
"Observe the suit. It is what I wore to my company’s Christmas party.
The suit has pinstripes and was produced by Ralph Lauren purchased in Montreal.The shirt is white, and of little consequence of manufacture, also purchased in Montreal; at the same Big & Tall man’s store as the suit.
The shoes are Dunham’s, purchased in Halifax.  They are super wide because I have large feet.
The tie is grey with stripes of dark material.  Purchased hastily in St. John’s to attend a wedding when I realized I forgot my other tie.I would have taken a picture with one of my seal skin ties, but I left them at work.  Also, the tripod used to take the picture was a bit broken, but worked good enough.”

My friend Jesse is from Labrador. He is a very very funny guy. He sent in this photo, and describes it as follows.

"Observe the suit. It is what I wore to my company’s Christmas party.

The suit has pinstripes and was produced by Ralph Lauren purchased in Montreal.
The shirt is white, and of little consequence of manufacture, also purchased in Montreal; at the same Big & Tall man’s store as the suit.
The shoes are Dunham’s, purchased in Halifax.  They are super wide because I have large feet.
The tie is grey with stripes of dark material.  Purchased hastily in St. John’s to attend a wedding when I realized I forgot my other tie.

I would have taken a picture with one of my seal skin ties, but I left them at work.  Also, the tripod used to take the picture was a bit broken, but worked good enough.”
Annie, who you see in this photo, has been a friend of mine and of my family’s for many years. She sent in this photo and describes her outfit as follows: “Here I’m wearing a hand-made parka by Siasi Ningiuk. Black pants my mom gave me. Hand made seal skin leg warmers from Nunavik Creations. Black pointy boots from Village des Valeurs. Topped off with a smile =)”

Annie, who you see in this photo, has been a friend of mine and of my family’s for many years. She sent in this photo and describes her outfit as follows: “Here I’m wearing a hand-made parka by Siasi Ningiuk. Black pants my mom gave me. Hand made seal skin leg warmers from Nunavik Creations. Black pointy boots from Village des Valeurs. Topped off with a smile =)”

!!! HAPPY-NEW-YEAR/HAPPY-NEW-INFANT !!! 
Happy New Year! With the start of a new year, I present you with a new Eskimo. Here’s a picture of Noah, who is my friend Daniel’s and his wife Ashley’s brand new son, born in late 2012. 2013 will be a big year for this kid. First words, first steps, first solid food, first birthday, first lots-of-things.
Daniel’s mom and my mom grew up next to each other. Daniel and I met in Vancouver in 2010 for the first time, and we did not realize at the time that our mothers were childhood friends. We became good friends, and only made the connection about a year ago. 
Daniel describes Noah’s outfit as follows: “He was wearing Baby Gap pants and sweater, and a hand knitted wool hat.”

!!! HAPPY-NEW-YEAR/HAPPY-NEW-INFANT !!! 

Happy New Year! With the start of a new year, I present you with a new Eskimo. Here’s a picture of Noah, who is my friend Daniel’s and his wife Ashley’s brand new son, born in late 2012. 2013 will be a big year for this kid. First words, first steps, first solid food, first birthday, first lots-of-things.

Daniel’s mom and my mom grew up next to each other. Daniel and I met in Vancouver in 2010 for the first time, and we did not realize at the time that our mothers were childhood friends. We became good friends, and only made the connection about a year ago. 

Daniel describes Noah’s outfit as follows: “He was wearing Baby Gap pants and sweater, and a hand knitted wool hat.”

!!! TRIPLE CHILD-ESKIMO CUTE OVERLOAD !!! ZOMG !!!
I received this photo from Madeleine and Kirt. This is their three children Naja, Noah, and Jayko. Madeleine tells me that they are “playing in the mud at low tide in Iqaluit. They are dressed in parkas, rubber boots, and pajama pants.”

!!! TRIPLE CHILD-ESKIMO CUTE OVERLOAD !!! ZOMG !!!

I received this photo from Madeleine and Kirt. This is their three children Naja, Noah, and Jayko. Madeleine tells me that they are “playing in the mud at low tide in Iqaluit. They are dressed in parkas, rubber boots, and pajama pants.”

This is my friend Sarabeth. I first met her through friends at the Harvest Noir in Ottawa, in October of 2012. It was a rainy and miserable day and we had a picnic in the rain. The company was great. 

Sarabeth describes her outfit below:
"I’m wearing a lululemon hoodie to keep the mosquitos out of my ears, a Rama Lotus t-shirt (yoga teacher represent), Levi’s jeans and I’m not sure what the brand of hiking boots is. On my right hand, you can see my Dalhousie grad ring, and a silver knot bracelet."

This is my friend Sarabeth. I first met her through friends at the Harvest Noir in Ottawa, in October of 2012. It was a rainy and miserable day and we had a picnic in the rain. The company was great. 

Sarabeth describes her outfit below:
"I’m wearing a lululemon hoodie to keep the mosquitos out of my ears, a Rama Lotus t-shirt (yoga teacher represent), Levi’s jeans and I’m not sure what the brand of hiking boots is. On my right hand, you can see my Dalhousie grad ring, and a silver knot bracelet."
Dulcie sent this photo, and I got permission from her sister and mom to use the photo. Dulcie described the photo as follows: “My sister Cora and Mom in Florida Turkey Trot this year. Brought some ‘home’ away from ‘home.’ Best wishes from the warmest Eskimo!”
It was taken in Clearwater, Florida. Melda (Dulcie’s mom) said: “I am a proud FULL Blood Inuit.. and want the world to know my families heritage.”
I think this photo is wonderful. Thank you, Dulcie, Melda, and Cora for sending in this excellent shot. 

Dulcie sent this photo, and I got permission from her sister and mom to use the photo. Dulcie described the photo as follows: “My sister Cora and Mom in Florida Turkey Trot this year. Brought some ‘home’ away from ‘home.’ Best wishes from the warmest Eskimo!”

It was taken in Clearwater, Florida. Melda (Dulcie’s mom) said: “I am a proud FULL Blood Inuit.. and want the world to know my families heritage.”

I think this photo is wonderful. Thank you, Dulcie, Melda, and Cora for sending in this excellent shot. 

!!! CHILD ESKIMO CUTE JOKER !!!
Here’s a shot of my cousin Tommy. He is wearing a t-shirt and a scarf, probably purchased at Frenchys. 

!!! CHILD ESKIMO CUTE JOKER !!!

Here’s a shot of my cousin Tommy. He is wearing a t-shirt and a scarf, probably purchased at Frenchys

Here’s a shot of my friend Kim in Ivujivik, Nunavik, Northern Quebec. Here she wears a Canada Goose parka, a knitted turquoise hat, and a flower patterned scarf.

Here’s a shot of my friend Kim in Ivujivik, Nunavik, Northern Quebec. Here she wears a Canada Goose parka, a knitted turquoise hat, and a flower patterned scarf.