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Birdskin parka (118010.000)

Image | Gambell, 1912

Akulki (second from left) and his grandson Uusiiq (left) wear birdskin parkas. Gambell, 1912. A coat required about eight-five crested auklets, thirty-five murres or puffins, or twenty-five cormorant skins, all stitched together with whale or reindeer sinew.

Courtesy of the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, INV 1480400.