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Gut parka

kapitaq “rain parka”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Also called:
gutskin parka, intestine parka, rain parka, kamleika [from Chukchi word for gut parka], snow shirt

They’re so light and waterproof.

—Theresa Nanouk, 2001

Hooded parkas made from seal intestines (gut) were ideal outer garments for wet weather and ocean travel. They were sewn with fine sinew thread and a special watertight stitch. This fine gut parka from Golovin Bay is decorated with red wool yarn, feathers, and strips of bird skin.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Golovin Bay, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Parka, gut
Dimensions: Length 1m
Accession Date: 1880
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E043335