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Grass socks

kumatxax^ “sock”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

I didn’t wear them, but my dad did. This is what their winter socks used to be—what they put for their insole, inside the boots.

—Mary Bourdukofsky, 2003

Grass socks could be worn by themselves outdoors or inside the house. In cold or wet weather they served as comfortable liners for waterproof skin boots, in combination with wool or fur socks, grass padding, and moss. Yup’ik grass socks are similar in design.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Length 23cm
Accession Date: 1921
Source: Rev. Sheldon Jackson (collector), Bureau of American Ethnology (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E316670