Hat - ROM2005_5606_1



Maker: Kwakwaka’wakw
Medium:Spruce root, paint
Geography: North Vancouver Island and mainland, British Columbia, Canada
Date: late 19th-early 20th century
18 x 40.5 cm
Object number: HN204
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionSpruce root hats, worn by chiefs and embellished with painted designs, are woven on a stand with a wood form matching the desired hat size and shape. These hats appeared in Russian engravings at the time of contact in the mid-18th century. By the end of the 19th century, spruce root hats had become popular collectors’ items and were woven specifically for sale to non-Native visitors.
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