Roald Amundsen on Inuit Time (1898)

Time passes, and the moon, of high importance to the Eskimo, soon reaches that particular position in the heavens that permits the women to resume their sewing. This is a busy time. There are skins to be dressed, cut out, and sewn. To see an Eskimo woman cut out garments is most amusing. She has no chalk for marking out, but she has strong teeth. The skin is folded to the required shape, a mark is bitten in with the teeth, and the garment is then cut out with the "olo." Many do not even trouble to bite marks, but cut out by guesswork, with the sure eye acquired by years of experience. When the Eskimo woman sews for her family or herself, the stitching is done in an exemplary manner and the stitches are fine and small....

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About this document ...

  • Written by: Roald Amundsen
  • Published in: The North West Passage, Vol. 2
  • Published by: Archibald Constable and Company
  • Place: London
  • Date: 1898
  • Page(s): 14
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