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Lecture on use of animal furs as fashion and clothing to be held at the state museum

Posted: June 20, 2013 - 12:04am

Yupik hunter and skin-sewer Peter Williams will present a lecture on Monday at the Alaska State Museum on the history of animal fur use for clothing and fashion in Alaska. His talk, entitled, “The Skin We’re In,” begins at noon.

Williams will discuss the role of fur in human history, fashion, spirituality, sustainability and respect, along with the importance of identity and connection with nature.

Sitka-based Yup’ik artist Williams is known for his handcrafted sea otter garments, which he produces under his own label Ata, which in Yup’ik translates to “let me see.”

Summer hours at the museum are 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily. Summer admission is $7, with a $1 discount for age 65 and older. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge.

For more on Williams, visit seaotterfur.com.

For more on the museum, visit museums.alaska.gov.

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