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piluguuk “pair of skin boots”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Qaraliinateng tan’gaurluullraat. (The young boy’s boots have no decorations.)

—John Phillip, Sr., 2002

Adults and children wore short sealskin boots indoors throughout the year and outdoors during summer. The hair could be left on or scraped off. Bleached seal gullets were used to make white boot trimmings, like the cuffs on this pair. Women cleaned and hung the seal throats outside during February and March so that they would turn white in the cold. Maklak – bearded seal – was used for the soles. This pair of boy’s boots is plain, without tassels or other decorations.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Nunivak Island, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Length 16cm
Accession Date: 1927
Source: Henry B. Collins, Jr. & Dr. Thomas Dale Stewart
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E340328