Parkas: a gift from the North

What is a ‘parka’? The word ‘parka’ – describing a kind of warm winter coat with a hood – derives from the Nenets language (the Indigenous Peoples of Northwest Siberia). Not only do the Nenets live with severely cold temperatures in the high Arctic, but they also travel thousands of kilometers on sleds and snow […]

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