Parka. Kodiak Eskimos.

Parka
Collection MAE RAS: № 593-23
Image ID: 4071422
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Title:
Parka
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Place:
USA , Alaska state, Kodiak
Location:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island
Date:
prior to 1843
Materials:
skin of cormorant, caribou fur, ermine fur, gullet of a sea lion, calico, caribou hair, sinew, wool thread, cotton thread
Collector:
Voznesenskii Ilya Gavrilovich, zoologist, entomologist, traveller
Expedition:
I.G. Voznesenskii's expedition (1840-1849)
Commentation:
This parka and headdress No. 593—25 comprise a set. “Bird skin parkas are made from loon, horned puffin, cormorant, and tufted puffin skins with their feathers still on. The women dry them, rub them with fermented fish eggs, and after some time scrape it off, and knead them until they are dry. The islanders have another way of preparing bird skins: they soak them for two or three days in urine, then wash them and knead them.” (Davydov 1812: 11)