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  • Tsekwitsele, a Hareskin girl, wearing an outfit of netted hareskin
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Tsekwitsele, a Hareskin child, wearing an outfit of netted hareskin,
Deline (Fort Norman), Northwest Territories, 1921
NWT Archives/N-1979-004: 0088

Clothing of the Athapaskans

Traditional Winter Clothing

“Our clothing was made out of caribou skins ... They would tan the skins in the fall and my grandmother would make fur pants and mukluks out of it.The mukluks were made to come up to the knees. I really liked my mukluks...I recall being very proud of my clothing.”
Mrs. Mary Vittrekwa, Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories, 1993

Winter garments were made of furred skin and in coldest weather were worn in two layers: an inner layer with the fur against the body for comfort and warmth, and an outer layer with the fur to the outside where it would shed snow. Caribou hides made the best winter clothing: they are large, lightweight, and warm. The pelts of snowshoe hares, cut into strips and worked in a netting technique, were also used to make warm, lightweight garments for men, women and children.