Nuu Chah Nulth (Nootka) Hat – Pacific Northwest

Peaked woven hats were commonly found among the Nuu Chah Nulth (Nootka) of the southern Northwest Coast of North America. Some, like this example, were flat-topped, while others terminated in a conical knob. They often bore iconography of animals and hunting scenes, whether woven or painted, and might confer information about the wearer’s clan or personal history. Constructed of tightly woven cedar bark and beargrass, such hats provided excellent protection from the frequent rains of the Northwest Coast. The hat presented here features black and red animal motifs painted in the round.

Circa 1875
8" h 11 1/2" w
Fiber, pigment
Private US collection
#500
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