An Eskimo Parka
by Dana Enos
HCC member Dana Enos spotted this canoe photo in National Geographic magazine. The caption reads:
"Sitting in a Nome, Alaska, photo studio in the early 1900s, an Eskimo man models a parka fashioned of walrus intestine. Impermeable when wet and easy to come by for the sea-focused people, the material was prepared by air curing, then sliced and sewn with a waterproof stitch—the same as used on watercraft, including the umiak (canoe) he’s holding. The jacket’s extra material at the hem functioned as a spray skirt when he was at sea.
A walrus intestine parka is just what a Houston paddler needs for those cold weather months.
"Other innards also had uses: Bladders became water bags, guts got sewn together as
sod-house windows, and stomachs could be stretched for tambourine drums."