Gwich'in Name

  • Teetł’it Gwich’in Name:

    Dinjii shin ch’yah
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  • Gwichya Gwich’in Name:

    Dinjii aadzhii gwadàl’
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  • Vuntut Gwitchin Name:

    Dinjii shin aadzhii gwich’aa
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“It is a very interesting outfit … I’m just so impressed with that outfit … It makes me wonder — the person who made that outfit did not have lighting as we do, or even needles — and the stitching you see there … you have to take a magnifying glass to see the stitching, that’s how good it is.” Agnes Mitchell, Gwichya Gwich’in, December 2000

Catalogue Data

Materials: caribou hide, sinew, porcupine quills, silverberry seeds
Dimensions: tunic, L. 115 cm; moccasin-trousers, L. 121 cm; hood, L. 30 cm; mittens, L. 26 cm; knife sheath, L. 30 cm
Date: ca. 1890
Catalogue Number: CMCC VI-I-73

Manufacture and Use

  • About the Artifact

    “In the traditional culture, clothing like this would have served the Gwich’in very well for summer wear. It...

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  • Oral History

    “[This legend is] about a newlywed couple. The temperature was very low in the middle of winter. People were...

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