Inuit clothing as shown on this doll consists of two layers, outer and inner parkas worn together. The hair of the inner parka faces the skin and the hair of the exterior parka faces out. The air trapped between the two layers acts as insulation. In addition to the layering of clothing, each caribou hair is hollow. The air inside each hair increases the heat-retaining qualities of the caribou skin.


  • Title: Untitled
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: Early 20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w20 x h38 x d9 cm
  • Provenance: Gift of Sir William Mackenzie.
  • Type: Female doll
  • Rights: Royal Ontario Museum
  • Medium: Furred caribou skin, depilated skin
  • Accession Number Extent: The Robert J. Flaherty Collection. Robert J. Flaherty (1884 – 1951), commissioned by the Canadian Northern Railway in 1910, searched for iron-ore deposits along the northeast coast of Hudson Bay. Flaherty visited the Arctic over several years during which he collected a wide range of Inuit artifacts. He became interested in filming Inuit life and his popular 1922 silent film, Nanook of the North, garnered him acclaim as a documentary film pioneer.
  • Accession Number: HC2275A


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