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dag “parka, coat, shirt”
Language: Deg Xinag

And these are really, really old-time beads, because you see how small they are?

—Eliza Jones, 2004

This man’s tunic, made of moose hide with long fringes and colorful beadwork, is a style that Alaskan Athabascans stopped making around the end of the 19th century. Before glass beads became available from fur traders, women embroidered tunics with dyed porcupine quills.

Culture: Athabascan
Region: Innoko River, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Tunic
Dimensions: Length 128cm
Accession Date: 1882
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E064278