Alaska Eskimo Footwear

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University of Alaska Press, 2007 - Antiques & Collectibles - 162 pages
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Alaska Eskimo Footwear celebrates the incredible beauty and spiritual significance of the shoes and boots worn by Alaska Native peoples. Stunning photography brings the harsh and striking environment of the North alive and demonstrates how essential footwear was to Native survival. Eskimo seamstresses, dancers, and hunters explain the symbolic meaning of their traditional patterns and decorative details, helping the reader understand the ancient stories stitched into timeless designs.
For each major Alaska Eskimo group—Inupiaq, Yup’ik, Aleut, Alutiiq, St. Lawrence Islander—authors Oakes and Riewe discuss pattern, design, and techniques for skin preparation, construction, and decoration. They describe the reasons for design and decorative differences in boots used for ceremonies and dancing versus those for everyday wear and hunting, trapping, and fishing.
Developed with Eskimo seamstresses from each Alaskan region, this full-color volume features photographs from museum collections in the United States and Russia. Detailed drawings of patterns, construction techniques, and decorative details illustrate the complexity of this ancient art and provide readers with guidance in identifying regional styles. A tribute to an exquisite art and the women who practice it, Alaska Eskimo Footwear brings the beauty of the North to life.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Womens Tools and Skin Preparation
19
Inupiat of the Northwest Coast
41
Kotzebue Sound Inupiat
53
Bering Sea Inupiat and Yupiit
71
Nunivak Island Nelson Island and Central Alaska Yupiit
101
St Lawrence Island Yupiit
119
Aleutian Islanders and North Pacific Alutiit
133
Alaska eskimo and Aleut Languages
146
identifying Alaska eskimo Footwear
148
Glossary
155
References
157
Index
160
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About the author (2007)

Jill Oakes teaches in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba. Rick Riewe is professor of zoology at the University of Manitoba, where he teaches ecology, resource management, and biology. With funding from the Bata Shoe Museum, he and his wife Jill Oakes have lived and studied with the Native peoples of Canada, Alaska, Siberia, Fennoscandia, and Greenland.

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