Credit: National Museum of the American Indian
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center 3
This St. Lawrence Island Yupik ceremonial seal intestine parka was found in St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, in 1923. This parka is decorated in a man’s style, using plumes and beak parts from crested auklets. Baby walrus fur was applied along the bottom edge, dyed seal fur on the shoulders, and strips of seal skin around the hood. People dressed in this style of parka for religious ceremonies, such as Kamegtaaq, a thanksgiving after hunting season. This parka is one of more than 600 objects on view in the new Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center.