Beater - ROM2005_5301_1

ROM2005_5301_1

Beater

Maker: Cowichan/Coast Salish
Medium:Wood
Geography: Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Date: 19th century
Dimensions:
53 x 3.9 x 3.8 cm
Object number: 939.31.22
Credit Line: George T. Emmons Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionThe Coast Salish created yarn for weaving by blending wool from mountain goats and dogs with waterfowl down and fireweed cotton. After the wool was cleaned of guard hairs and debris, diatomaceous earth (made from fossilized silica shell remains) was beaten into the wool with the beater to clean the wool and absorb some of its natural oil. The wool was then pulled into long thin cords called roving, and spun into yarn using a spindle whorl.
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