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Cape

indalux^ “cape”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

This elegant expression of Unangax^ clothing design is based on the European-style greatcoat, but made of feather-light sea mammal intestine instead of heavy wool. Seal esophagus appliqué, caribou hair embroidery, colored yarn, cormorant feathers, and human hair add to its beauty.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Robe
Dimensions: Length 136cm
Accession Date: 1858
Source: U.S. Exploring Expedition (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E002128