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The straight lower cut of this outer garment identifies it as a man's parka. (Women's parkas, in contrast, were curved at the bottom.) Parkas were often made of squirrel, mink, muskrat, or summer reindeer skins.
This watertight and highly maneuverable vessel was ideally suited to hunting sea mammals in icy waters. The kayak shown here is made of seal skins sewn over a wooden frame and featured an enlarged cockpit with room for a passenger.
Nineteenth-century Smithsonian researcher Edward W. Nelson obtained this wooden sled model on one of his many collecting trips. At full scale, such sleds were between nine and ten feet long and were pulled by a team of seven dogs.
|Earrings and Labrets
Both men and women wore highly decorative body ornaments. Adornments shown here include glass bead earrings that were hung from pierced earlobes and carved ivory labrets that were inserted into the skin at the corners of the mouth.
These hand-woven grass socks were worn to absorb moisture that seeped into enclosing skin boots.
These elegant fish hooks are crafted from polished stone and fossil ivory. Fish was an important staple in the diet of Bering Sea Eskimo people.