[Kenipitu women in beaded amautiit, Cape Fullerton (Qatiktalik)]. Original title: Women in gala dress, Cape Fullerton

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    [between 1903-1904].
    Accession number: 1970-088 NPC, Box number: 2099
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    [between 1903-1904].
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    Cape Fullerton (also known as Qatiktalik) (Nunavut):
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    1 photograph : b&w.
    Positive - paper - silver
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    Photograph taken at Cape Fullerton (also known as Qatiktalik), Nunavut. It depicts five women wearing beaded tuilik (also spelled tulli, tullik, and tuilli.). These tuilik are parkas from the Kivalliq region worn for drum dances and special occasions. The woman second from the right has been identified through Project Naming as Nivisanaaq ("Shoofly", also spelled Niviatsinaq, Nivisarnarq and Neveshenuck). She was Auqqajaq's wife. In some photographs, not captured here, Nivisanaaq is depicted with tattoos.
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    Described by the RECON project.
    The title of the photograph in square brackets is based on information provided by Project Naming. The goal of this project is to identify and record the names of people, places, activities and events in photographs held at Library and Archives Canada.
    Historically, all Inuit women received tattoos as a rite of passage. They were most often on the face and hands but could also be on the arms, legs, and/or chest. During the early 1900's camera's were becoming more accessible and more people were travelling more to the Arctic. These visitors often photographed Inuit women and subsequently, their tattoos. Sometimes the photographers traced already existing tattoos or painted the women's faces with designs of other regions. Sometimes it appears they tried to cover the tattoos with make-up (rouge) or erase them during the printing process in the darkroom. As a result, the tattoo designs shown here may not be representative of the woman or her region.
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    Title assigned by Library and Archives Canada.
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    For other images of Nivisanaaq (also called "Shoofly"), see Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development fonds at Library and Archives Canada. Also, Geraldine and Douglas Moodie fonds at the Glenbow Museum; and George Comer Collection at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
    The beaded tuilik worn by Nivisarnaaq ("Shoofly") in the photograph is held at the American Museum of Natural History, part of Captain Comer's collection, catalogue no. 60/5758.
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    1970-088 NPC
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    1970-088 NPC
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    Credit: A.P. Low / Library and Archives Canada / PA-053606
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    Copyright: Expired

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