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Edna Oktokiyuk Yupik

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746

A Native woman in Alaska used dried seal intestines to make this garment, and its beauty and functionality honors the creature’s soul. The beaks and feathers of the auklet, a small seabird, appear at regular intervals along the seams and provide a striking contrast to the parchment-like surface; fur trims the hem and cuffs. Hunters wore coats such as this over fur parkas for protection against the wind and snow.

Parka, Edna Oktokiyuk (Yupik), Marine mammal intestine, auklet beaks and feathers, tanned leather, and seal fur, Yupik, Native American

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