Innu: Dressed for Respect
Innu hunters wore elaborately decorated coats to honor the spirit master of the caribou. If pleased, the spirit master would release his wards. And then the caribou would “allow” themselves to be killed by Innu hunters.
Smithsonian scientists have worked with the Innu people of Quebec and Labrador for over 120 years. Some of the Innu artifacts in the Arctic Studies Center were collected by Smithsonian naturalist Lucien M. Turner during the First International Polar Year in 1883.