Long Ago Sewing We Will Remember: The Story of the Gwich’in Traditional Caribou Skin Clothing Project
By Judy Thompson and Ingrid Kritsch
September 2006, ISBN 978-0-660-19508-7
Mercury Series, Ethnology 143
76 pp., 45 illustrations, 21 x 27 cm, paperback
A three-year collaboration between the Gwich’in — the most northerly of Canada’s Athapaskan peoples — the Canadian Museum of History and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre results in a revival of skills and knowledge employed in making traditional clothing of caribou skin. Over 40 seamstresses create five reproductions of an elegant 19th century summer outfit from the collection of the Canadian Museum of History. This richly illustrated book is an indispensable resource on Gwich’in culture and heritage, and on modern partnerships between museums and First Nations.