Title: Pink Eskimos

Author: James Norcliffe

In: Sport 8: Autumn 1992

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, March 1992, Wellington

Part of: Sport

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Sport 8: Autumn 1992

8. Seal Fat

8. Seal Fat

At the Film Society I see the Robert Flaherty classic Nanook of the North. 1922. Nanook is dark and shiny. The snow is mostly grey. Nanook is intrigued by an Edison phonograph. His bright black eyes follow the silent record round and round and round.

It occurs to me that pink eskimos more rather resemble Egyptian mummies.

That pink eskimos are not esquimaux.

Esquimaux are dark with the soot of burning blubber and shiny with seal fat.