Traditional clothes, kammak, carvings, tools, & accessories.
December Feature Artwork by Ashton Semple
Inuvialuit Art Traditions
The Inuvialuit have worn clothing made of fur and sealskin to survive in polar climates. The clothing often features an intricate design called the Delta Braid which is unique and tells a story about the artist's history. The Inuvialuit wear traditional clothing today as a way to preserve and celebrate their identity.
The Inuvialuit and their ancestors have carved birds, bears and other land and sea mammals for thousands of years to pass the time while hunting. The carvings grow out of the respect that the Inuvialuit gave to all living things. Each carving represents the artist's reflection of their own experiences while on the land.
The Inuvialuit traditionally used a variety of tools and weapons like bows, knives and harpoons for hunting and fishing. Most tools were made out of stone, or parts of animals, like bone and ivory. The Inuvialuit are also known for a knife called an "ulu" for skinning, preparing, and butchering animals.