Basketry hat

Native American (Nuu-chah-nulth)
about 1900–10

Object Place: Vancouver Island (West coast), British Columbia, Canada


Overall: 19.1cm (7 1/2in.) Other: 26.7cm (10 1/2in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar bark and pigment

On View

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.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by John S. Montgomery and the Curator's Fund