|Dorset soapstone carving of |
a person wearing a parka. This
artifact is on display in The Rooms,
here in St. John's.
|This plate shows Beothuk bow and arrow fragments. Parts labelled #3 are bow pieces and parts labelled #4 are child-sized bow and arrow fragments. What's the deal with the groove running down the centre of the bow? Is that for some sort of backing?|
|Another tiny Dorset carving of a person in a |
parka. Like the one above, its from northern
Labrador and is on display in The Rooms.
|Detailed Dorset Carving|
There are also a couple Inuit stories about the Tunit which describe aspects of their clothing. The people living in the Eastern Arctic when the Inuit arrived, the people they called Tunit, most likely refer to the people who archaeologists call Dorset Palaeoeskimo. I'm a sucker for the Tunit myths and probably believe them more often than I should as a skeptical archaeologist, but that's my bias. Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing my research, asking for advice, and documenting the process of making a skin parka in a Dorset Palaeoeskimo style.
1, 3: Tim Rast
2: Plate from Howley 1915 from NF Heritage Website
4: Plate 2 from Ancient People of the Arctic, Robert McGhee 1996.