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    A NOOTKA POLYCHROME TWINED WHALER'S HAT
    c. 1920

    woven of spruce root, imbricated with black and red-dyed grass, with a depiction of whalers, flanked top and bottom by meander bands

    "The well-known whaler's hat was of twined spruce root with a bulb-shaped extension at the top, and with designs of whaling activities worked into the weaving by means of an imbricated technique using dark-brown grasses; sometimes these hats were lined with a headband of braided cedar-bark strands, to which thongs could be attached so the hat could be tied under the chin in rough weather. These hats were worn by both sexes as a sign of high status ..," Paterek, Josephine, Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume, W. W. Norton and Co, New York, 1994, p. 318.

    Height: 9 ½ inches


    Condition Report*: In overall excellent condfition.  Stitches intact.  A newer looking twining at the base of the onion -- possible restoration.  Very slight fading to the red and black colors.
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