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Secrets of Spurlock

Sealskin pants

As the cold weather rolls in, items like this become more appealing to survive chilly winter days.

What is this necessity for women in the Arctic?

Answer: Sealskin pants hailing from Greenland. This item belongs to the Crocker Land Expedition Collection from an expedition between 1913-1917 to uncover more about the Inuit way of life. U of I geologist/botanist/ornithologist W. Elmer Ekblaw and U of I zoologist Maurice C. Tanquary participated in the exploration team led by ethnologist Donald B. MacMillan.

Image: Sealskin pants with decorative panels and red sealskin borders (1998.19.2751), courtesy of the Spurlock Museum.