Loon skin sewing bag
Mary Avakak
2013
loon skin, sinew 


Sewing baskets are required to store the multiple small tools used by an Inuinnait seamstress. In the past, these bags were often made from the bodies of loons.

 

To prepare a loon bag, the skin is removed from a bird, turned inside-out and then carefully scraped to remove the fat. Once cleaned, the skins are dried while filled with heather or other materials to keep their round shape.