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Dance pants

pualasuutik “man’s dance pants”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

You know who’s going dancing tonight!

—Art Ivanoff, 2001

Both women and men wore short dance pants that came just below the knee, for performing at ceremonies and festivals. This pair is made of mottled reindeer fur and ornamented with decorative hair stitches, strips of clipped white reindeer fur, wolverine trimming, and loops of red yarn. There is a drawstring around the top to tighten them on the hips.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Village: Unalakleet
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Width 71cm
Accession Date: 1880
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E043799