Polar region


Tattoos adorned the face, arms and hands. They were mainly decorative, though they also showed the wearer’s ability to withstand pain. Tattooing was done with an ivory, bone or copper sewing needle and thread made from whale or caribou sinew rubbed with soot. The process began at puberty and could take several years.

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Inuit Woman with Tattoos
Book illustration, dry pastel, on Letraset paper
Credit: Frédéric Back and Libre Expression
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