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Waterproof boots

ivġusiik “water boots, waterproof boots”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Sealskin hunting boots are rugged and waterproof. The black color results from a tanning method that does not remove the skin’s outer layer or its natural oils. A tuŋniq [strip of skin] is sewn into the seam between sole and upper, to prevent leaks.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Village: Unalakleet
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Boots, waterproof
Dimensions: Length 61cm
Accession Date: 1879
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E036194