AB 547, case, Inuit, sealskin, sinew, 36 cm x 48 cm, Collection of Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada.

Inuit sealskin bag

Inuit sealskin bag.

This sealskin pouch is designed with quick hitch fasteners. It would have been waterproof and therefore good for carrying materials for fire lighting.


Hunters always carried a small stove made of soapstone called a quliq. With this, they would have had wick materials such as Arctic cotton or moss and a flint to create a spark or small bow drill to create heat. On short trips special containers carried live embers for quick fire starts.