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  • Photograph of an Inuit women watching a drum dance at Coppermine, October 1985.
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Copper Inuit watching a drum dance at Coppermine, October 1985.
Photograph by Rick Riewe

Copper Inuit

Kamiks of the Copper Inuit

For their kamiks and footwear, Copper Inuit use seal, caribou, wolverine, wolf, and other animal skins. These can either retain their hair, or have the hair shaved or scraped off depending on the purpose of the boot. It is also common for a seamstress to use fabric for the boot shaft or as an accent material. Pre-fabricated trim is often used on the top band of the boots as decoration. The Copper Inuit were influenced in their boot making by their neighbours to the west and south. They borrowed the skill of hide smoking from the Dene (Athapaskans), producing soft, pliable soles rather than the stiff shaved seal skin soles of other Inuit. From the Alaskan Inupiat and Yuit, the Copper Inuit adopted a preformed sole.