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qusuŋŋaq “outer parka fur outside”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

But when you come from a certain village, that’s the style of clothing you learn to make, unless you intermarry with the other coastal groups.

—Ron Brower, Sr., 2002

Elders from Barrow recognized this woman’s caribou skin parka as coming from further south, around the Bering Sea. Each village maintains a distinctive parka style.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Parka
Dimensions: Length 2m
Accession Date: 1882
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E064272