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Sinews of Survival

The Living Legacy of Inuit Clothing

Betty Issenman examines all aspects of winter and summer Inuit clothing, going back 4000 years, with particular emphasis on northern Canadian Inuit. She also describes the kinds of material and tools used to make the clothing. The focus is on on Inuit clothing as protection, identity, and culture bearer, roles it has played for thousands of years. No other book brings together contemporary and historical material from the circumpolar worlds with original research. Sinews of Survival is a fascinating study of Inuit clothing, past and present. It includes over 200 illustrations of various kinds of clothing. The voices of the Inuit are heard throughout the text in quotations from consultations and the literature. By describing one component of Inuit society, the author opens a pathway to understanding the culture as a whole.

224 pages

Table of Contents


1 The Inuit: Time, Space

2 From Earth, Sea, and Sky

3 Tools and Techniques

4 Inuit Style

5 Spiritual, Social, and Artistic Traditions

6 New Explorations


Appendix: Inuit Clothing Collections

Glossary of Place Names

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