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Headdress

Bear Claw Crown

Object Number:NA8541
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tsimshian
Provenience: Canada
British Columbia
Skeena River
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Hide
Fur
String
Bear Claw
Feather
Pigment
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1918
Other Number:SA21 - Other Number

Description

Shaman's bear claw crown or headdress. Bear claws are attached to a hide strip worn around the head and affixed in such a way that they stand upright. The upper end of each claw is grooved to attach a band made from animal skin, fur, and thread, which encircles the top of the headdress. Strips of hide and fur hang from the headdress, some decorative and some used to hold the headdress to the head.

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