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In this area, we make some kamiks with flat soles, like these haired ring seal skin kamiks.
Elisapee Audlaluk, Inukjuak, 1980
BSM S82.256


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  • Photography of Agatha and Jamie Komaksuitiksak wearing eider skin parkas.
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Agatha and Jamie Komaksuitiksak, 1990
Photography by Rick Riewe

Ungava Inuit

Kamiks of the Ungava Inuit

Skin boots remain an important part of Ungava Inuit material culture, although skin boot production is becoming less common as more people buy southern-style mass-produced footwear. Most seamstresses follow traditionally established footwear patterns, but individual creativity, the availability of skins and communication with neighbouring groups also influence boot styles. Haired and shaved seal skin boots are most common, but caribou body and leg skin boots are used in cold weather. In the past, the coastal and island populations traded extensively - islanders exchanged bearded sealskin soles and ivory tools for caribou skins and caribou skin clothing from the mainlanders.