Handwritten letter, addressing author, confirms the conclusion of the text.
My dear Dr. Kunz;
Replying to your inquiry, I can recall no instance of an Eskimo of the Whale Sound region wearing a ring.
On one of my earlier expeditions I took an assortment of bright rings along in addition to needles, thimbles, (?), soap, etc. for the women of the tribe.
I found they had no attraction. Women would accept them as gifts and hang them up in their huts or houses but would not accept them in payment for anything + would not wear them.
Sorry I cannot be of more assistance to you. Best regards.
The text reads “Rings are not in favor with the Eskimos, who do not appear to make or wear any.”
Between p. 30-31 of Rings for the Finger: From the Earliest Known Times, to the Present, with Full Descriptions of the Origin, Early Making, Materials, the Archaeology, History, for Affection, for Love, for Engagement, for Wedding, Commemorative, Mourning, Etc. by George Frederick Kunz (1917). Original from the University of California. Digitized February 18, 2011.