Painting A Hat — Nakoaktok

Painting A Hat — Nakoaktok

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From Edward Curtis’ Field Notes:

“The painter is clad in a short, seamless, cedar-bark cape, which is worn for protection from rain. That she is a woman of wealth and rank is shown by the abalone-shell nose-ornament and the gold bracelets, no less than by her possession of a “chief’s hat”. These waterproof hats, of a form borrowed from the Haida are made of closely woven shreds of fibrous spruce-roots, and are ornamented with one of the owner’s crests – a highly conventionalized painting of some animal or mythological being.” – Edward Curtis

The North American Indian, Volume 10, The Kwakiutl, 1915. Portfolio plate no. 329.

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