The boots created by Alaskan coastal peoples reflect an abundance of fauna. This pair of boots was made using bearded seal, ringed seal, spotted seal, caribou and polar bear. The creativity of Alaskan coastal women can also be seen in the numerous forms of embellishment which they apply to the footwear they make. In Shishmaref, a village on Sarichef Island off the coast of Alaska, women decorate bands of stained caribou or seal skin with tightly beaded geometric designs which are used to decorate the tops of boot legs. This pair of boots was made by Emma Olanna and collected for the Bata Shoe Museum during the Museum's Alaskan fieldtrip in 1989.
Inupiat, 1989
BSM P90.26