Alaska Native Collections – Sharing Knowledge



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.

Культура: Eastern Siberian
Регион: Kolyma River, Siberia
Категрия предмета: Clothing
Размеры: Length 30.5cm
Дата поступления: 1949
Источник: Copley Amory (collector)
Музей: Национальный музей естественной истории
Идентификационный номер музея: E387283