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Gut parka

kapitaq “gut parka, rain parka”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

They’re so light and waterproof.

—Theresa Nanouk, 2001

Waterproof hooded parkas made from processed seal intestines (gut) were ideal for wet weather and ocean travel, and were worn during ceremonies as well. They were sewn with fine sinew thread and special leak-proof seams. This woman’s gut parka from Golovin Bay has side vents and rounded bottom flaps in both front and back, the same design as a woman’s fur parka.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Golovnin Bay, Norton Sound, Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Length 117cm
Accession Date: 1880
Source: Edward W. Nelson (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E043337