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yuraryaraq “hood”
Language: Central Yup'ik

Kina tua ilumun tua, kina tua uumeng, makucimeng aturluni tekiskan una tangerrluku camiungullra nallunricaran. (It is true that if someone came wearing certain clothing, you would recognize where he is from by the type of clothing he wore.)

—Joan Hamilton, 2002

Hat styles varied among southern Yup’ik villages, from simple circular caps to elaborate hoods with fringes and tails. The differences allowed a person’s place of origin to be easily identified by observers. On Nunivak Island men and boys wore fancy hoods like this one during the Messenger Feast and Bladder Festival. It is made of white and brown caribou fur, spotted Arctic ground squirrel pelts, a wolverine tail, and small wolverine tassels. The long tassels at the bottom are caribou.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Nunivak Island, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Length: 81cm
Accession Date: 1874
Source: William H. Dall (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E016344