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piluguk “pair of skin boots”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Maqalriit. (Very warm ones)

—John Phillip, Sr., 2002

These are a woman’s winter boots, made from the brown leg skins and white belly fur of caribou or reindeer (domesticated caribou). The tassels and decorative bands are made of mink, otter, and wolverine fur. Elders said that they must have come from a village along the Kuskokwim River, where boots were fancier than on the coast.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Bristol Bay, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Boots
Dimensions: Length 46cm
Accession Date: 1882
Source: Charles L. McKay (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E056061