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Mukluks made of fish skin and trimmed with cotton around the top / Native American; Inuit

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Mukluks made of fish skin and trimmed with cotton around the top.

The Inuit made their boots with great care and attention to detail because one’s feet could easily get frostbitten and handicap one for life. The boots were made of skins. De-haired seal-skin was typically used because it made the boots waterproof (Issenman 1997). Often the boots would reach one’s knees and in some cases worked as trousers as well.

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Title(s): 
Mukluks made of fish skin and trimmed with cotton around the top
Culture: 
Native American; Inuit
Date: 
19th century
Period: 
Historic
Place: 
Arctic
Materials/Techniques: 
fish skin, cotton, sinew
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
93.140a-b
Department: 
On View

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