- Museum number
Pair of mukluks with very finely crimped ogrook [bearded seal] skin soles,
caribou/reindeer legs, bands of beaded calf skin, cloth tops for the ties. Edge between sole and upper is beaded at the front, blue and white glass beads, upper beadwork panels are of four-lobbed designs in red, white, grey, yellow, and two shades of blue, beads.The ankle ties are of red dyed leather.
- Production date
- 1950-1970 (circa)
Length: 28 centimetres
Width: 30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Eth.Doc.1573. purchased 30/10/1993.
These boots had belonged to the vendor's stepfather, Chester Seveck. He had worked extensively outside Alaska, in films and tourism; these probably date from the 1950s or 1960s. The excellence of the soles can be seen by comparing them to other examples in this collection.
See an autobiographical booklet: Chester Asakak Seveck: 'Longest Reindeer Herder. A fascinating true life story of an Alaskan Eskimo covering the period from 1890 to 1973' Copyright by Frank and Neva Whaley, 1973.
Examples of his activites:
p 1: Born on Kivalina River, 1890.
p 7: Started reindeer herding, 1908, p 30: 1947: Takes 3 reindeer teams to Fairbanks by air. 'When we reach there, they take us to Country Club up to the hill about 5 miles from the downtown. We gave sled ride behind the reindeer teams, anyone can ride. Every day the people came to ride on reindeer team. Two weeks we stay, let them ride.'
33: 1950s: Retired from reindeer service, worked for Frank Whaley and Wien airlines in the summer at Kotzebue. 'In winter time we go with Frank Whaley and Wien Airlines have us take to traveling to the States, what we call promotion tour.'
p 36: Went on TV and Radio many times. 'One time on Groucho Marx TV show, he ask me this -- "Chester do Eskimo people loan or trade their wives?" I think about this and then say "Yes, I think about all same Hollywood." Many people laugh long time when I answer Groucho this.' Picture of him in Mexico with cardboard snow house advertising 'Wien Arctic Tours'.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number