Skin boat - April, 2008

Photo credit: Joseph Napaaqtuq Sage

Here is a picture of my son Andrew Akootchook Sage. He is helping out our whaling crew, Akootchook Whaling Crew, by making sure the skin is properly oiled. He is rubbing a piece of seal fat over the skin boat so the skin doesn’t dry out while the others were fitting the cover to the boat frame. Andrew’s grandmother/aaka is local skin sewing expert Priscilla Sage.

(Photos of Andrew were the only ones taken.. I have larger size photos of this shot). No photos of the actual sewing were taken. The photographer was pretty busy that day. --J.