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Headdress

Bear Claw Crown

Object Number:NA8538
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tsimshian
Provenience: Canada
British Columbia
Skeena River
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Hide
Fur
Bear Claw
Sinew
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1918
Other Number:SA18 - 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 an animal hide band encircling the top of the headdress. Decorative strips of brown fur hang from one section. A bone charm made from "the hip assembly of a medium-sized land mammal" (per Dr. Kate Moore) is attached to one of the claws with a hide cord.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Native American Voices: The People - Here and Now (01 Mar 2014) View Objects in Exhibition

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