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aaraaghusik iiggak “fancy gloves”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

We do a lot of Eskimo singing and dancing at St. Lawrence Island.

—Branson Tungiyan, 2001

Yupik men traditionally wore gloves whenever they danced. These reindeer skin dance gloves are made in a Siberian pattern, with gores of colored skin between the fingers. The cuffs are trimmed with brown fur, probably wolverine, and embroidered with dyed reindeer hair stitching. Straight and zigzag lines of red and blue thread accent the finger joints, and fingernails are outlined in red.

Culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Region: St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length 23cm
Accession Date: 1913
Source: Riley D. Moore (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E280162