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Gut parka

chigdax^ “gut parka”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

Women sewed waterproof “raincoats” using the gut (intestine) of any large sea mammal. The design includes a hood with drawstring. Men always wore this chigdax^ [gut parka] or kamleika (Russian) in their kayaks to keep dry, usually with a birdskin parka underneath.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Parka, gut
Dimensions: Length 163cm
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E168576