Baffinland Inuit boots

Mary Battye, from Pangnirtung Northwest Territories, made these kamiks from caribou leg skins in 1987. Compare the dark soles of this pair of caribou skin kamiks to the white seal skin soles of the seal skin kamiks. The dark hair was removed from the dark soles by shaving them. Removing both the epidermis and the hair results in a cream-coloured skin.

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Caribou skin and seal skin
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