Our Way of Living
"Blow, just like a balloon, that bear gut... let sun dry it, like clothes outside... Cut it about so wide... Then they sew it together for a rain jacket" (Nida Chya, Kodiak Island Elder, 1986). Intestines of bears, seals, sea lions, and whales were used to make jackets and bags. To prepare intestines for sewing, they were cleaned, filled with air, and hung out to dry. This bag is decorated with sea otter fur and colored yarn.