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hair and feather headdress
  • Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) peoples
  • hair and feather headdress, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: British Columbia, Canada
  • human hair, eagle feathers, wool, string, cloth, braiding, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 67 x 69 x 42 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 26 3/8 x 27 3/16 x 16 9/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0426

This is a crown-like band of short brown hair which is stitched onto two wooden rings to maintain its shape. Half of the headdress has long locks of brown hair, each lock bundled at the top with white or black string. Strips of red and white cloth are braided into ties, one on each side, in front of the long hair. Four large feathers, white with dark brown tips, are tied to hang over the long hair. There is a bundle of split brown feathers tied in front over the "bangs." Two large feathers, white with dark brown tips, are tied over this bundle each with a red wool wrap on the quill.