Ceremonial singer's collar (hatáálíí or zéédéeltsooz)

Navajo people

Object Place: New Mexico, United States


Length 81cm, width 24 cm (Length 31 7/8 in., width 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Badger skin, otter skin, bone

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



Oval-shaped collar of badger skin with strip of otter skin sewn down center of each side. Tied at each side is single whistle of eagle bone with V-shaped window. Duct block formed of pitch. Whistle at proper right wrapped with red, green, and black yarn. Whistle at proper left wrapped with red, green, orange, dark blue, dark purple, white, and black yarn. Tied with leather at lower proper right side is double eagle-claw “nazha.” Tied with leather at lower proper left side is leather “medicine” pouch (probably containing bits of turquoise, abalone shell, white shell, and coal).


Purchased from Douglas Deihl of Northampton, Massachusetts. Deihl purchased the object from Bob Gallegos of New Mexico.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund