Amulets are powerful tools in Inuinnait culture. This power comes from both the individual who makes them, and the spirit of materials or animals used in their making. Amulets were attached to the parkas of men, women and children to bring them new skills and qualities.
Ermine skins were sewn to parkas to enhances their wearer's ability to run, dance, and be fleet of foot. Ermines were also used during drum-dancing, sewn to hats and parkas to accentuate the movements of the dancer.