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feather and yarn headdress
  • unknown Cowichan or Kwih-dich-chuh-aht (Makah) maker
  • feather and yarn headdress, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: British Columbia, Canada or Washington, United States
  • wool yarn, Golden Eagle feathers, velvet ribbons, cedar bark, cotton
  • Object Height/Width/Length: approximately 15 x 49 x 76 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: approximately 5 7/8 x 19 1/4 x 29 7/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0417

This is a headdress of dark brown or grey feathers on a band of looped wool yarn. There are yarn pompoms on the front and the back. The pompoms are a mixture of red, grey, and dark blue. The band of looped yarn has blocks of red, grey, dark blue, and dark yellow stitched to the unbleached fabric. There are two wide dark grey velvet ribbons to secure this on the wearer's head.