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
“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.”

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