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tthaa dhah ik “ground-squirrel skin parka”
Language: Gwich'in

My mom had a woman’s parka like this, really nice.

—Eliza Jones, 2004

This hoodless parka from the Yukon River is made of tanned ground squirrel backs with decorative trim pieces of white caribou fur, river otter, and wolverine. Squirrel skin tassels hang from the front and back. The parka’s design is distinctly Yup’ik, including decorative tabs with caribou hair stitching that are attached in back. Such parkas, however, were well known to Athabascan peoples along the Yukon River, who acquired them by trading with Yup’ik residents of the Bering Sea coast.

Culture: Athabascan
Region: Yukon Territory, Canada
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Length 119cm
Accession Date: 1917
Source: Fred Harvey Company (seller)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 063309.000