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Image: Polar Bear Pants (part of MacMillan's outfit, with caribou jacket)

Polar Bear Pants (part of MacMillan's outfit, with caribou jacket)
20th Century Greenland clothing

ca. 1908
20th Century
30 1/2 x 21 x 10 in. (77 x 53 x 25 cm)

Inughuit (aka Inuit) Primary

Object Type: clothing
Creation Places: North America, Greenland, Northwest Greenland
Medium and Support: polar bear fur, sealskin, and buttons
Credit Line: Gift of Donald and Miriam MacMillan
Accession Number: 1966.129.2
The pants are part of the outfit worn by Donald MacMillan on the 1908-1909 North Pole expedition, along with the caribou jacket (1966.129.1). They were sewn by an Inughit women using traditional materials and patterns, with the exception of the buttons at the waist band. Men in northwestern Greenland wore pants made of polar bear skin for their durability and warmth.

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