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Pants

geh dhah thał “rabbit-skin pants”
Language: Gwich'in

It’s not easy to catch a rabbit for the pants…They used sinew and they snared them.

—Trimble Gilbert, 2004

This child’s pair of rabbit fur pants was part of a Gwich’in suit that included a matching parka. Both were sewn from whole skins of the Arctic hare. Hare skins can also be spiral-cut into long strips (“rabbit yarn”) and crocheted together to make warm clothing and sleeping bags.

Culture: Athabascan
Region: Porcupine & Peel Rivers, Alaska/Canada
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Length 67cm
Accession Date: 1917
Source: Donald A. Cadzow (collected)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 071054.000