Celebration Parka. Kodiak Eskimos. USA , Alaska state, Kodiak. North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island. 19th century.

Celebration Parka
Collection MAE RAS: № 2888-84
Image ID: 4071441
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Museum inventory number:
№ 2888-84
Title:
Celebration Parka
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Place:
USA , Alaska state, Kodiak
Geography:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island
Date:
19th century
Collector:
Voznesenskii Ilya Gavrilovich, zoologist, entomologist, traveller
Materials:
skin of cormorant, caribou fur, ermine fur, cloth, caribou hair, sinew, gullet of a sea lion, rabbit fur
Dimensions:
length 120 cm, width at the hem 90 cm, width with the sleeves 148 cm, width at the cuff 15 cm
Commentation:
Even simple bird skin parkas are decorated with the color red at the top around the neck; and on the front the necks of cormorants are also used in some places. If there are not enough they sew two on the front and two on the back and without them a parka is unadorned. For dresses made from bird skins, puffin skins are preferred over loons. In wet weather they wear them with the feather side out so that they repel the rain; those made using feathers from the necks of cormorants are always worn with the feathers on the outside.” (Davydov 1812: 12—13).
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