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Birdskin parka

ngelqaaghaq atkuk “young cormorant parka”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

Also called:
atkuk “parka”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

Other men would lower a man with walrus-hide rope tied around him, and then he would get these cormorants.

—Branson Tungiyan, 2001

Daring cormorant hunters rappelled down cliffs on walrus hide ropes to hook the birds from their nests. Other times they plucked cormorants from ocean rocks where the birds sleep in large groups, silently taking one bird at a time without waking the others.

Culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Region: St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Parka
Accession Date: 1923
Source: Arnold Liebes (collector)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 123415.000