Alaska Native Collections – Sharing Knowledge



x’uskeit “dance leggings”
Language: Lingít

Kawduwaxáashi x’óow, áyá áx toowóoch akwshá? (I believe this is a cut-up blanket, right?)… Tléi ldakát siyaa (It’s all of it). They just cut it.

—Clarence Jackson, 2005

These dance leggings, like the accompanying apron, feature pieces that were cut from a Chilkat-style mountain goat wool blanket. Sections from the original weaving were sewn onto commercial wool cloth and decorated with puffin beaks and leather fringes. The tail-shaped flaps at the bottom of the leggings rested on top of the dancer’s moccasins.

Culture: Tlingit
Region: Southeast Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Length 38cm
Accession Date: 1928
Source: Popenoe, C.H. (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E341202B