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Waterproof boots

uliigis “boots”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

In the past, Unangan men wore waterproof hunting boots made from seal throats. The ridged skin from sea lion flippers made ideal soles because the animals use their flippers to climb slippery rocks.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Unalaska Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Boots, waterproof
Accession Date: 1881
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E048102