Who ate my work!

I have made a bow tie out of fish skin; a few miniature kameksak/piluguq; leather thimbles; collected moose sinew, cut up pieces fur, leathers and seal skins; and now kameksak. I found most of the list above missing or eaten left over pieces! Dog or dogs had a festive party out of my projects! I am lucky I still have the parkas in-tack! Fingers crossed. Not so lucky the dogs are still roaming in my house and can have festive parties if no humans are around. There is a Yupik story why they have a crimped mouth on the side of their mouths; so they can stop talking. LOL!!!

The dogs won’t tell on each other, they just look at each other – and seemed to hint it’s his fault; no it’s him. As a Yup’ik seamstress I outa un-crimp their mouths with my tools they’ve sniffed and force them to tell me,”Who ate my work!”

Reignite Kameksak

I have taken out the kameksak I started before the sewing of the squirrels into a parka!

These are called, “ciuqalek” which literally translated from Yupigtun. “the one with bangs!” Not the bang when you light a firework but the bangs you have on your forehead. Yupiit, please correct me if I am wrong.

This seal is the newest piece I have ever worked, just so different from older seals I have worked.

It still has that fresh smell of the sea or the process of natural chemicals to remove the hair off the seal. It came frozen and so I placed it my freezer to keep it from drying up too much.

I do have a story to tell you about the older boot on the right based on my mother’s story she told me. When Mr. Elia Sallafie of Bethel passed away my parents received his pair of kameksak. My mom kept them for many years. I am honored to replicate them. Out of curiosity I cut the bottom to peak inside – I didn’t want to but it was already cracked from use – don’t be startled I will replace the bottom with new seal.

They will look new once I perfect the crimping.

I have one side finished and I need to start the other side.

I just need to put in the upper top with woven yarn and sew the tassels on.

This is a side project that allows for me to practice crimping seals for better quality. Quyana to Sallafie family for sharing your dad’s kameksak to my parents. Please correct me if I misinformed the story – I am open for corrections.

Piurci. Thank you ‘Quyana!’