Alternatively, if you would like to make your own trails or worksheets tailored to your visit, many of the images, text and information from our other resources can be easily copied and pasted to your own design.
- Perhaps use images from objects located in different galleries and in the Gardens to create a challenge or simple trail through the Museum to find specific objects or places.
- Use object images to encourage independent research, for instance, find out and write down three facts about an object or group of objects. Alternatively, give facts or clues, and challenge your pupils to identify mystery objects.
- Set an alphabetical challenge to find or draw 26 objects one for each letter of the alphabet.
- Create a sketchbook challenge.
Inuit peoples have lived in the Arctic for thousands of years. Living off the land was and still is very important to Arctic people. Today most people have moved to towns.
Today, Arctic peoples wear modern man-made materials, but caribou skin is warmer and more comfortable than synthetic material and is still widely used for clothing.
Do you wear any clothing made from animals?
Arctic people see animals as equals. If an animal is killed they believed that the animal has decided to willingly give its life as a gift. In return it must be treated with respect otherwise the animals might be so offended that they never offer the gift of their lives again.
Do you think you respect the animals that you eat?
Decorating objects with animals is one way to show how vital animals were for everyday life, and how much they were respected.
You can see the famous Horniman Walrus in the Natural History Gallery.
Seal skin boot
Seal gut parka
Arctic people were experts at making waterproof clothing. Seal or walrus gut, cut into strips and stitched together makes an excellent raincoat for keeping out freezing water, snow and ice.
Do you wear clothing made from animals?
Animal fat is one of the most important foods for people living in the Arctic. It provides essential energy to survive the extreme cold, and is also used as fuel for lamps. Seal skin is waterproof, making it a good choice for making clothing. The Inuit people make warm sealskin boots and capes, particularly useful for staying dry when hunting from kayaks (boats). Getting wet and then cold in the Arctic could be very dangerous. Being exposed to extreme cold can cause frostbite or hypothermia.
The Inuit would use walrus skin and guts for clothing, and blubber for fuel. Walrus tusks would be made into tools. Nothing would be wasted, as the animal’s life was believed to be given as a gift and was respected.