Portraits of Resilience

Grandmother and White Seal Skin

My grandmother’s name is Else Broberg. She is 60 years old and she works with white seal skin. She makes boots for everyone in my family and she makes pearl beaded costumes for the girls.
 

My grandmother’s name is Else Broberg. She is 60 years old and she works with white seal skin. She makes boots for everyone in my family and she makes pearl beaded costumes for the girls.

To make the white seal skin, my grandmother must work only in the cold months of January, February and March. The skins cannot be in sun or in a warm place. The first thing she does is put the skins in water with soda, then she ties it up outside for a week.

Finally, she uses the skins to make boots and costumes. Because it’s getting warmer it is harder for my grandmother to do this work.

— Jakob Petersen  

Here is Jensine. She is sewing seal skin.

She is making it for her daughter who will use it for her son. She has been doing this all her life. She makes many things in seal skin. She scrapes the seal skin fur and colours the skin. Then she paints the skin, she cuts it with an ulu and creates many things out of it.

— Larsine Therkelsen

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