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They have different names for each season, different shoes for all seasons, and different hats for winter and spring, or the summertime.

—Nicolai Ettyne, 2005

The dark brown leather of these Chukchi summer boots is probably tanned and dyed reindeer hide. The boots are trimmed with red cloth and with triangular mosaic designs of made of bleached and dyed skin, a woman’s style. The boots have leather tightening straps at the ankles and soles of bearded seal. Grass pads or socks were worn inside for cushioning and to wick away moisture.

Culture: Eastern Siberian
Region: Northeast Siberia
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Boots, waterproof
Dimensions: Height 45cm
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 245954.000