Sinews of Survival: The Living Legacy of Inuit Clothing (Google eBook)

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UBC Press, Jan 1, 2011 - Social Science - 224 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

Time and Space
5
2 From Earth Sea and Sky
31
3 Tools and Techniques
59
4 Inuit Style
97
5 Spiritual Artistic and Social Traditions
179
6 New Explorations
223
Collections of Inuit Clothing
244
Notes
246
Glossary of Place Names
252
References
255
Illustration Credits
264
Sponsors
266
Index
268
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Betty Kobayashi Issenman is a well-known specialist in Inuit clothing, a subject on which she has written and lectured extensively. From 1978 to 1988 she researched and catalogued the Artic clothing collections at the McCord Museum in Montreal, Quebec, and in 1988-1989 she was the guest curator at the museum of an exhibition of Inuit clothing called 'Ivalu: Traditions du vetement inuit/Traditions of Inuit Clothing'

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