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LOOKING BOTH WAYS: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People of Southern Alaska

Introduction
About the People
Alutiiq Villages
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Ancestors
Our History
Our Way of Living
Our Beliefs
Our Family


IMAGE
Child's Boots:

LOCATION: Probably the Alaska Peninsula, 1838-1842

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 2129)

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DESCRIPTION:
"In the spring the man said to the bear: 'There is a lot of snow outside. We will have to make boots for the children, or they will get cold feet.'" From "The Man Who Married a Bear," a traditional Prince William Sound story. Some traditional boots were made of seal and sea lion skin. Caribou skin boots like these were often beautifully decorated with caribou hair embroidery and colored strips of dyed seal lion esophagus. The dark band at the top is seal fur.


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