Native American (Nuu-chah-nulth)
Object Place: Vancouver Island (West coast), British Columbia, Canada
Overall: 19.1cm (7 1/2in.) Other: 26.7cm (10 1/2in.)
Medium or Technique
Red cedar bark and pigment
Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)
Tall, flat-topped domed shape. Reddish-gold fibers. Top area shows four plaited squares, around which twining with narrow strips of bark begins. Diagonal look to twining on body of hat, ending with a braided band. Black and red bands encircle top of hat and just above lower braid. Black thick and thin lines describe face of crest totem. Red moustache-like shape above mouth with teeth indicated in red and red dots on cheeks. Fragmented joint ovals and fins arranged around circumference of hat.
Purchased by a Mr. Peterson, a collector from Portland, OR and member of the Oregon legislature. His wife Marsella Peterson gave the collection to Walter Earl, Antique Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska, to disperse. Purchased by the Museum from Walter Earl in 1995.
Museum purchase with funds donated by John S. Montgomery and the Curator's Fund