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Birdskin parka

tuullik qusuŋŋaq “loonskin outer parka”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

Also called:
qusuŋŋaq “outer parka”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

They were normally used from spring through fall during the rainy seasons. And then it would be put away, and you’d switch to your winter clothing made out of caribou.

—Ron Brower, Sr., 2002

Loons were one of many birds whose skins could be turned into light, warm feather parkas. Long fur on the hem and hood is wolverine.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Arctic Slope, Alaska
Village: Point Barrow
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Parka
Dimensions: Length 106cm
Accession Date: 1923
Source: Captain Joseph Bernard (collector)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 117542.000