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Boots

estulluyaghik “pair of man’s short reindeer-legging boots”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

Also called:
kaamget “boots”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

They used to exchange some things with Siberians, not with money but with things like that [boots]. Beads this long [approximately twelve inches] cost a whole walrus skin.

—Estelle Oozevaseuk, 2001

The embroidered designs on these reindeer skin boots show that they were traded to St. Lawrence Island from Siberia, where Yupik women specialize in this type of sewing. The leg of each boot took all four legs of one reindeer to make.

Culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Region: St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Boots
Accession Date: 1923
Source: Farrar Burn (collector/seller)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 116766.000