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Introducing a new series. Things you were never taught in school about native Americans. I hope to impart some glimpse at false history and have some fun educating people as well. These will most likely be short and scattered randomly. I will do two today because I want to start the series off right. This will be all for today. Until next time!

Fact 30

Parkas

Today’s ski jackets owe their origins in part to hooded coats Inuit [Eskimo] women and northern tribes fashioned from layers of skins that trapped air for greater insulation. Many parkas were made from caribou, a fur favored for its heat-holding properties among the natives in the northern regions including the Lakota.

The name Parkas is uniquely Inuit in origin but many tribes had similar designs. No tribe rivaled the Inuit in thermal design and the genius in assembly for practical survival and simplicity. Parkas among tribes outside the Inuit weren’t as water proof as the Inuit used them for fishing and every manner of outdoor need.