Photos: Parka party

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2008

Paula Savikko makes adjustments to 7-year-old Kayla Phillips' Yupik summer parka, called a kuspuck. Students in Savikko's second grade class at Gastineau Elementary School have been making the kuspucks as a culturally relevant look at non-standard measurements. The program for using math in an Alaska cultural context was created by the University of Alaska.

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Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

Bellow, Darion Chapman, 7, tears cloth to be used for a kuspuck. Tearing cloth is the traditional way to get cloth the right size for a kuspuck. Michele Bilyeu, a master quilt maker from Oregon, helps Hailey Vonda sew trim on her kuspuck.

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