University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Bernadette Driscoll


Inuit Beadwork in the Canadian Arctic

By: Bernadette Driscoll

The advent of European exploration introduced the brightly colored glass bead to the Inuit (Eskimo) seamstresses of the Cana¬≠dian Arctic. Known in the eastern Arctic as sapangaq or ‘precious stone’ (Dorais 1983:52), the seedbead became a highly desired trade item and, when worn in quantity, was consid¬≠ered a sign of prestige and wealth. In his […]