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Birdskin parka

sax “birdskin parka”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

This woman’s parka is made of 50 eider duck skins, with the feathered sides turned inward for warmth. Aleutian fur and birdskin parkas do not have hoods. This one is finished with a black cloth collar, decorative bands of red paint, and sealskin trim.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Parka
Dimensions: Length 126cm
Accession Date: 1883
Source: Dr. Leonhard Stejneger (collector, donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E073030