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
This is a picture of my cousin Brittany. She is from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, and constantly inspires me on facebook with her posts about exercise and taking care of your body. Here she is wearing pants from Eclipse, a jacket from Garage, a red shirt from Le Chateau (I always call Le Chateau “the castle”) and gloves from Zellers. She also notes that the earrings come from Zellers, too.

This is a picture of my cousin Brittany. She is from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, and constantly inspires me on facebook with her posts about exercise and taking care of your body. Here she is wearing pants from Eclipse, a jacket from Garage, a red shirt from Le Chateau (I always call Le Chateau “the castle”) and gloves from Zellers. She also notes that the earrings come from Zellers, too.

This is my twitter-buddy Jimi. Even though we live in the same general area, and have the same social circles, we have not met in real life. 
My mom used to run a hotel in Kuujjuaq. One time, Jimi was stuck in Kuujjuaq for a longer period of time than he had anticipated. He ended up staying in Mom’s hotel. 
Jimi does not describe his clothing for me, but he describes daughter’s clothing as follows. Louise is wearing a purple sweater and purple pants with tiny little kamiks on.

This is my twitter-buddy Jimi. Even though we live in the same general area, and have the same social circles, we have not met in real life. 

My mom used to run a hotel in Kuujjuaq. One time, Jimi was stuck in Kuujjuaq for a longer period of time than he had anticipated. He ended up staying in Mom’s hotel. 

Jimi does not describe his clothing for me, but he describes daughter’s clothing as follows. Louise is wearing a purple sweater and purple pants with tiny little kamiks on.

Here’s a picture of my friend Teevi. I met Teevi through a study conducted by Université Laval and Carleton University on Inuit post-secondary education. You can check out some of their work here. Teevi tells me the following about her t-shirt:
"I’m wearing the "Eskimo Power" t-shirt. Ordered this shirt from the states so it’s actually meant for Alaskan Inuit. Hence the use of the term Eskimo."

Here’s a picture of my friend Teevi. I met Teevi through a study conducted by Université Laval and Carleton University on Inuit post-secondary education. You can check out some of their work here. Teevi tells me the following about her t-shirt:

"I’m wearing the "Eskimo Power" t-shirt. Ordered this shirt from the states so it’s actually meant for Alaskan Inuit. Hence the use of the term Eskimo."

Here’s a picture of my friend Madeleine. She used to be the mayor of Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. The photo you see here is her twitter avatar. I highly recommend you follow her on twitter. I pretty much guarantee you’ll find something in her tweets that challenges your thinking. 
Her clothing description, tweeted: 
Gortex shell jacket trimmed w/ arctic fox fur, CEBE goggles, wool hat (brother in reflection wearing Ranger gear)

Here’s a picture of my friend Madeleine. She used to be the mayor of Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. The photo you see here is her twitter avatar. I highly recommend you follow her on twitter. I pretty much guarantee you’ll find something in her tweets that challenges your thinking. 

Her clothing description, tweeted: 

Gortex shell jacket trimmed w/ arctic fox fur, CEBE goggles, wool hat (brother in reflection wearing Ranger gear)

Suzanne rocking the winter Eskimo style! 

"So I’m wearing a white Shady Limited toque, navy blue hoody sweater from Old Navy, a fleece polar bear scarf, and a simple water resistant black coat with a zip on hoody (faux fur)…and I don’t remember where I bought the jacket or scarf."
Suzanne rocking the winter Eskimo style! 
"So I’m wearing a white Shady Limited toque, navy blue hoody sweater from Old Navy, a fleece polar bear scarf, and a simple water resistant black coat with a zip on hoody (faux fur)…and I don’t remember where I bought the jacket or scarf."
“In this photo I’m on stage doing my “thing” as emcee on one of the nights of Aqpik Jam 2010. I’m wearing my good ol’ black dress pants and my black tank top underneath my white blouse has these black and turquoise leather pieces on the front of it. Note my matching turquoise nail polish. LOL I’m also wearing my “Inuk family” bracelet made of caribou antler and leather thread which was another beautiful gift from my beautiful friend, Hansen Ane. What’s so special about this photograph for me personally, is that it was taken from backstage by the late Heiko Wittenborn who so proudly and excitedly was waiting for me to finish this introduction of a band to say to me, “Ida, I think I finally got you!” He’d apparently been trying to get a decent shot of me through not only that night but through the other times I was lucky enough to be around him. Not to mention that I’m also wearing my silver bird ring that I bought in Iqaluit and that for some reason, I like very, very much. I was lucky enough to “spot” it at Malikkaat, the little shop that was owned and operated at the time by the current premier of Nunavut. I think her daughter runs the store now. Yes, I love dressing up like an Eskimo! My glasses are Brendel made.”

“In this photo I’m on stage doing my “thing” as emcee on one of the nights of Aqpik Jam 2010. I’m wearing my good ol’ black dress pants and my black tank top underneath my white blouse has these black and turquoise leather pieces on the front of it. Note my matching turquoise nail polish. LOL I’m also wearing my “Inuk family” bracelet made of caribou antler and leather thread which was another beautiful gift from my beautiful friend, Hansen Ane. What’s so special about this photograph for me personally, is that it was taken from backstage by the late Heiko Wittenborn who so proudly and excitedly was waiting for me to finish this introduction of a band to say to me, “Ida, I think I finally got you!” He’d apparently been trying to get a decent shot of me through not only that night but through the other times I was lucky enough to be around him. Not to mention that I’m also wearing my silver bird ring that I bought in Iqaluit and that for some reason, I like very, very much. I was lucky enough to “spot” it at Malikkaat, the little shop that was owned and operated at the time by the current premier of Nunavut. I think her daughter runs the store now. Yes, I love dressing up like an Eskimo! My glasses are Brendel made.”