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atikullak “pair of man’s knee-high, fancy boots”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

These are inland design. In the early days, people from inland would come down and trade with the coastal people, [exchanging] clothing that they had made . . . for seal oil, seal blubber and coastal foods.

—Ron Brower, Sr., 2002

Wild mountain sheep are available in the Brooks Range of northern Alaska, but not along the arctic coast. Inland Iñupiaq people traded sheepskin clothing and hides for the products of coastal villages.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Boots
Dimensions: Length 61cm
Accession Date: 1883
Source: Lt. P. H. Ray (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E089834