Caribou hide, dentalium shells, beads, wool, beaver fur, sinew, thread; L 26 cm
Nondalton, early 20th century
These gloves, decorated with dentalium shells to signify rank, were once owned by Gabriel Trefon, qeshqa in Nondalton. Trefon (1897-1964) is remembered as a leader with great foresight who could “see into the future.” An innovator who was the first inland Dena’ina to own an outboard motor, Coleman lamp, and snowmachine, he lived with respect for traditional Dena’ina values.
Collection: Private collection, on loan to the Anchorage Museum
Image: © Chris Arend/Anchorage Museum