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Boots

Those are used for the spring, because they are made from seal. You can see seal skin on the top, and ugruk here [bearded seal, used for the soles]. I guess that is from a coastal village; in reindeer country you mostly use reindeer to make boots. The seal skin protects from snow and wet.

—Nicolai Ettyne, 2005

These boots are made of ringed seal fur, with ankle ties of bleached leather. Grass pads and fur insulation were used inside for warmth. Skins are easier to work with in cold weather, so women sewed most footwear during the fall and winter.

Culture: Eastern Siberian
Region: Kolyma River, Siberia
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Length 30.5cm
Accession Date: 1949
Source: Copley Amory (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E387283