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Combination suit

qallevak “woman’s coverall garment”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

I wore it when I was little girl, but it’s too warm.

—Estelle Oozevaseuk

In winter, women and girls on St. Lawrence Island traditionally wore the qallevak, a one-piece suit made of reindeer fur. This type of clothing comes from Siberia, where people of the island had close connections and many relatives.

Culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Region: St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Length 111cm
Accession Date: 1913
Source: Riley D. Moore (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E280101