I purchased my first local item made of real fur this week -- a scarf made out of rabbit fur. It is the softest thing I have ever felt. Well... with the possible exception of muskox wool. Or sheared beaver fur. They're all so soft!
At this point, I have to pause. I will be discussing fur and showing pictures of fur once in a while on this blog. And I will likely buy more fur items (if I can afford them ... they're not cheap!) as I learn the best way of staying warm in the Arctic and about local handicrafts. I'm aware it is a controversial topic, and highly sensitive for a lot of people. For that I apologize in advance. I have a range of friends and readers who land at very different points on the spectrum, from avid hunters (including family members) to strong advocates against fur. And I love you all!
However, I want to show as honest and complete a view of Northern living as I can, and there is no real way of doing that without discussing fur. Hunting and trapping is an integral part of the Inuit life, for both food and clothing, and in these climates, the difference that real fur makes in your ability to stay alive is significant.
I have a lot to learn about local hunting and trapping, and all the issues that go along with it, and I humbly admit my ignorance. During my time here, I will likely learn more, and will share as I go along...
Now for more pictures.
I also bought miniature mukluks made of sealskin, which can be made into a coat pull or key chain. They are so adorable -- and cost $20.
I haven't decided whether I'm going to buy a pair yet, and if I do, I'll have to save up, as these will set you back $400!